Jerome de Groot

In this round-up of historical fiction: Thomas Hardy’s housemaid, an Icelandic boy witnesses the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and a young Englishwoman in revolutionary Paris. 

Memory, heritage and history combine in one enduring symbol of the Restoration to reveal the complexities of England’s contested past.

Jerome de Groot grapples with some dark accounts of human grimness and a novel which takes comedian Peter Cook to Phnom Penh in 1962. 

Jerome de Groot muses on how authors of historical fiction try to flesh out the bare bones of history, drawing on old and new works.

 Jerome de Groot highlights some recent historical fiction, en-route encountering Eleanor of Aquitaine, Johannes Gutenberg, Simón Bolívar and the spirit of Marcel Proust.

Jerome de Groot rounds up recent releases.

Jerome de Groot casts his eye over a selection of recent releases.

Jerome de Groot considers recent releases.

In the latest of his occasional surveys of historical fiction, Jerome de Groot casts a critical eye on the often disparaged genre of romance.

In our latest survey of historical fiction Jerome de Groot finds a remarkable breadth of books that address our need for present-day certainties to confound the chaos of the past – and revisits a timeless classic.