Books: Index by Author


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Abe, Kobo – The Woman in the Dunes
Abercrombie, Joe – Two’s Company
Adams, Max – The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria
Addison, Katherine – The Goblin Emperor
Addyman, Ishbel – Cyrano
Ahdieh, Renée – Flame in the Mist
Aitcheson, James – The Harrowing
Albert, Edoardo – Edwin: High King of Britain (Northumbrian Thrones I)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswald: Return of the King (Northumbrian Thrones II)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswiu: King of Kings (Northumbrian Thrones III)
Alderman, Naomi – The Lessons
Alderman, Naomi – The Liars’ Gospel
Alderman, Naomi – The Power
Ali, Tariq – Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (The Islam Quintet I)
Allan, Nina – The Art of Space Travel
Amirrezvani, Anita – Equal of the Sun
Amis, Kingsley – Lucky Jim
Anders, Charlie Jane – Six Months, Three Days
Arditti, Michael – The Enemy of the Good
Arnim, Elizabeth von – Elizabeth and her German Garden
Arnim, Elizabeth von – The Enchanted April
Atkinson, Kate – Life After Life
Auel, Jean M. – The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children I)
Auel, Jean M. – The Valley of Horses (Earth’s Children II)
Auel, Jean M. – The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children III)
Auster, Paul – Travels in the Scriptorium


Backman, Fredrik – My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises
Backman, Fredrik – Britt-Marie Was Here
Bailey, Paul – Uncle Rudolf
Baker, Adam – Winter Raven
Barber, Ros – The Marlowe Papers
Barbier, Patrick – The World of the Castrati
Bardugo, Leigh – The Too-Clever Fox
Banville, John – Dr Copernicus
Barker, Susan – The Incarnations
Barnes, Julian – The Sense of an Ending
Beagle, Peter S. – In Calabria
Bear, Elizabeth – A Companion to Wolves (with Sarah Monette) (Irskyne I)
Beaulieu, Bradley – Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Shattered Sands I)
Beaulieu, Bradley – Blood Upon the Sand (Shattered Sands II)
Berry, Helen – The Castrato and his Wife
Binet, Laurent – HHhH
Bitto, Emily – The Strays
Blackman, Andrew – A Virtual Love
Bland, Christopher – Cathar
Bradshaw, Gillian – The Beacon at Alexandria
Bradshaw, Gillian – Island of Ghosts
Brennan, Marie – A Natural History of Dragons (Lady Trent I)
Bridge, Antony – Theodora
Brooks, Geraldine – The Secret Chord
Brown, Nancy Marie – The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Brust, Steven – The Phoenix Guards (Khaavren Romances I)
Burgess, Anthony – A Dead Man in Deptford
Burton, Jessie – The Miniaturist


Cameron, Christian – The Long War series
Carey, Jacqueline – Miranda and Caliban
Cawthorne, Nigel – Daughter of Heaven
Chait, Gavin – Lament for the Fallen
Cheney, J. Kathleen – The Golden City
Chevalier, Tracy – New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Cho, Zen – Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal I)
Christie, Alix – Gutenberg’s Apprentice
Chu, John – The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere
Clark, Polly – Larchfield
Clements, Toby – Winter Pilgrims (Kingmaker I)
Clements, Toby – Broken Faith (Kingmaker II)
Colapinto, John – As Nature Made Him
Colette – Chéri
Colette – Gigi and The Cat
Cooper, Fran – These Diving Walls
Cooper-Bridgewater, Susan – Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue
Cordingly, David – Life Among The Pirates: The Romance and Reality
Cornwell, Bernard – The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories I)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories II)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories III)
Corona, Laurel – The Mapmaker’s Daughter
Crawford, Francis Marion – Stradella
Cross, Donna Woolfolk – Pope Joan


Davis, Lindsey – Master and God
De Botton, Alain – The Course of Love
De Castell, Sebastien – Traitor’s Blade (The Greatcoats 1)
DeMaria, Robert – To Be A King
Domin, Heather – Soldier of Raetia (Valerian’s Legion I)
Donald, Angus – Outlaw (Outlaw Chronicles I)
Donoghue, Emma – Slammerkin
Donoghue, Emma – Frog Music
Donoghue, Emma – Room
Donoghue, Emma – The Wonder
Downer, Lesley – Geisha
Downer, Lesley – The Last Concubine
Dromgoole, Dominic – Hamlet: Globe to Globe
Druon, Maurice – The Iron King (The Accursed Kings I)
Duffy, Stella – Theodora: Actress. Empress. Whore
Duffy, Stella – The Purple Shroud
Dumas, Alexandre – The Red Sphinx
Du Maurier, Daphne – Frenchman’s Creek
Du Maurier, Daphne – My Cousin Rachel
Dunant, Sarah – Blood and Beauty
Dunant, Sarah – In the Name of the Family
Duncan, Glen – I, Lucifer
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles I)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Queens’ Play (Lymond Chronicles II)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Disorderly Knights (Lymond Chronicles III)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles IV)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Ringed Castle (Lymond Chronicles V)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles VI)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Niccolò Rising (House of Niccolò I)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Spring of the Ram (House of Niccolò II)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Race of Scorpions (House of Niccolò III)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Scales of Gold (House of Niccolò IV)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Unicorn Hunt (House of Niccolò V)
Dunnett, Dorothy – To Lie with Lions (House of Niccolò VI)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Caprice and Rondo (House of Niccolò VII)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Gemini (House of Niccolò VIII)
Dunnett, Dorothy – King Hereafter


Eco, Umberto – Baudolino
Elegant, Robert – Manchu (Imperial China Trilogy I)
Elphinstone, Margaret – The Sea Road
Ennis, Michael – The Malice of Fortune
Enquist, Per Olov – The Parable Book
Enquist, Per Olov – The Visit of the Royal Physician


Falcones, Ildefonso – Cathedral of the Sea
Ferrante, Elena – My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels I)
Ferrante, Elena – The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels II)
Fforde, Jasper – The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next I)
Findley, Timothy – Pilgrim
Finkel, Irving – The Princess Who Wouldn’t Come Home
Fleming, Jacky – The Trouble with Women
Flewelling, Lynn – Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunners: Book I)
Forsyth, Kate – Bitter Greens
Fremantle, Elizabeth – The Girl in the Glass Tower
Furukawa, HideoSlow Boat


Gale, Patrick – Facing the Tank
Gardiner, Kelly – Goddess
Garrett, George – Death of the Fox
Gautier, Théophile – Captain Fracasse
Gee, Sophie – The Scandal of the Season
Geen, Emma – The Many Selves of Katherine North
Gentle, Mary – Black Opera
George, Margaret – Helen of Troy
George, Margaret – The Confessions of Young Nero
Glaister, Seni – The Museum of Things Left Behind
Golding, William – The Double Tongue
Golding, William – The Inheritors
Goldsworthy, Adrian – Vindolanda
Golon, Sergeanne – Angélique (Angélique I)
Goss, Theodora – Red as Blood and White as Bone
Graves, Robert – Homer’s Daughter
Greenblatt, Stephen – The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
Gregory, Philippa – Earthly Joys
Griffith, Nicola – Hild
Guy, John – Thomas More: A very brief history


Harris, Joanne M. – The Gospel of Loki
Harris, Robert – Pompeii
Hartsuyker, Linnea – The Half-Drowned King
Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train
Hay, Maviel Doriel – Death on the Cherwell
Healey, John J. – The Samurai of Seville
Hearn, Lian – Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori I)
Hemming, Henry – Misadventure in the Middle East
Heyer, Georgette – The Convenient Marriage
Hickman, Katie – The House at Bishopsgate (Pindar Trilogy III)
Hill, David Wesley – At Drake’s Command
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy I)
Hobb, Robin – Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Quest (The Farseer Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders Trilogy I)
Hobb, Robin – The Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – The Golden Fool (The Tawny Man Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Fate (The Tawny Man Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – The Wilful Princess and The Piebald Prince
Hobb, Robin – The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles I)
Hobb, Robin – Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles II)
Hobb, Robin – City of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles III)
Hobb, Robin – Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles IV)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool I)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool II)
Hobbs, M.C. – The Chevalier
Holland, Cecelia – City of God
Holland, Tom – Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
Hollinghurst, Alan – The Stranger’s Child
Holt, Tom – Meadowland
Holt, Tom – Olympiad
Holt, Tom (writing as K.J. Parker) – The Devil You Know
Hope, Anthony – The Prisoner of Zenda
Hope, Anthony – Rupert of Hentzau
Hopkins, Jerry and Sugerman, Danny – No One Here Gets Out Alive: Jim Morrison
Hostovský, Egon – The Hideout
Howard, Kate – The Ornatrix
Hunt, Angela – Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty I)


Ivey, Eowyn – The Snow Child


Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived In The Castle
Jaffe, Rona – The Best of Everything
James, Andrew – Blood of Kings
Jégo, Yves and Lépée, Denis – The Sun King Rises
Jonasson, Jonas – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Jordan, Neil – Carnivalesque
Joyce, Rachel  – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


Kane, Ben – Eagles at War (Eagles Trilogy I)
Kane, Ben – Hunting the Eagles (Eagles Trilogy II)
Kane, Ben – Eagles in the Storm (Eagles Trilogy III)
Kates, Gary – Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman
Kay, Guy Gavriel – A Song for Arbonne
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Children of Earth and Sky
Kay, Guy Gavriel – The Last Light of the Sun
Kay, Guy Gavriel  – The Lions of Al-Rassan
Kay, Guy Gavriel – River of Stars
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Under Heaven
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Ysabel
Kearney, Paul – The Wolf in the Attic
Kennedy, Sarah – The Altarpiece
Kent, Hannah – The Good People
King, Crystal – Feast of Sorrow
Kingfisher, T. – The Raven and the Reindeer
Kinsale, Laura – Flowers from the Storm
Kirino, Natsuo – Grotesque
Kirino, Natsuo – The Goddess Chronicle (Canongate Myths)
Klages, Ellen – Wicked Wonders
Kowal, Mary Robinette – The Lady Astronaut of Mars
Kushner, Ellen – Swordspoint
Kushner, Ellen – The Privilege of the Sword
Kushner, Ellen et al. – Tremontaine (Season I)
Kushner, Ellen and Sherman, Delia – The Fall of the Kings


Lafferty, Linda – The Girl who fought Napoleon
Lam, Laura – Pantomime (Micah Grey I)
Lam, Laura – Shadowplay (Micah Grey II)
Lam, Laura – Masquerade (Micah Grey III)
Landon, Margaret – Anna and the King of Siam
Larson, Rich – Dark Warm Heart
Leach, Tim – The Last King of Lydia
Leach, Tim – The King and the Slave
Lee, Min Jin – Pachinko
Leigh Fermor, Patrick – A Time of Gifts (A Time of Gifts I)
Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives
Lindsay, Philip – A Princely Knave
Littlewood, Alison – The Hidden People
Liu, Ken – The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty I)
Lofts, Norah – Esther
Lofts, Norah – The King’s Pleasure
Lofts, Norah – How Far to Bethlehem?
Logan, Kirsty – The Gracekeeepers
Lynch, Scott – The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards I)
Lynch, Scott – Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards II)
Lynch, Scott – The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards III)
Lyon, Annabel – The Golden Mean


Macpherson, Marie – The First Blast of the Trumpet (John Knox I)
Mantel, Hilary – Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell II)
Mantel, Hilary – Fludd
Manfredi, Valerio Massimo – Tyrant
Mastai, Elan – All Our Wrong Todays
Masters, Alexander – A Life Discarded
Mavor, Elizabeth – The Ladies of Llangollen
Maynell, Esther – The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach
Mazzola, Anna – The Unseeing
McCaffrey, Anne – Dragonflight
McCann, Maria – As Meat Loves Salt
McCann, Maria – Ace, King, Knave
McCaughrean, Geraldine – A Little Lower Than The Angels
McDonald, Melanie – Eromenos: A Novel of Antinous and Hadrian
Meloy, Maile – Do Not Become Alarmed
Merle, Robert – The Brethren (Fortunes of France I)
Miller, Madeline – The Song of Achilles
Mitchell, David – Cloud Atlas
Moggach, Deborah – Tulip Fever
Monette, Sarah – Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths I)
Monette, Sarah – The Virtu (Doctrine of Labyrinths II)
Monette, Sarah – The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths III)
Monette, Sarah – Corambis (Doctrine of Labyrinths IV)
Monette, Sarah – A Companion to Wolves (with Elizabeth Bear) (Irskyne I)
Moore, Tim – I Believe In Yesterday
Moran, Caitlin – How to be a Woman
Moran, Caitlin – Moranthology
Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus
Murakami, Haruki – 1Q84


Nicolson, Juliet – A House Full of Daughters
Norman, Diana – The Vizard Mask
North, Claire – The End of the Day
Norwich, John Julius – Four Princes
Novik, Naomi – Temeraire (Temeraire I)
Novik, Naomi – Throne of Jade (Temeraire II)
Novik, Naomi – Black Powder War (Temeraire III)
Novik, Naomi – Empire of Ivory (Temeraire IV)
Novik, Naomi – Victory of Eagles (Temeraire V)
Novik, Naomi – Uprooted


O’Brian, Patrick – Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin I)
O’Brian, Patrick – Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin II)
O’Grady, Rohan – Let’s Kill Uncle
Oliver, Neil – Vikings: A History
Orenstein, Peggy – Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Ozeki, Ruth – A Tale for the Time Being


Parker, K.J. – Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy I)
Parker, K.J. – The Devil You Know
Patrick, Den – The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Erebus Sequence I)
Patton, Mark – An Accidental King
Penman, Sharon – Lionheart
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste I)
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Purity of Blood (Captain Alatriste II)
Perry, Sarah – The Essex Serpent
Pinborough, Sarah – The Language of Dying
Pool, Joyce – The Castrato
Pratchett, Terry – The Colour of Magic (Discworld I)
Pratchett, Terry – The Light Fantastic (Discworld II)
Pratchett, Terry – Equal Rites (Discworld III)
Pratchett, Terry – Mort (Discworld IV)
Pratchett, Terry – Sourcery (Discworld V)
Pratchett, Terry – Wyrd Sisters (Discworld VI)
Pratchett, Terry – Pyramids (Discworld VII)
Pratchett, Terry – Guards! Guards! (Discworld VIII)
Pratchett, Terry – Eric (Discworld IX)
Pratchett, Terry – Moving Pictures (Discworld X)
Pratchett, Terry – Reaper Man (Discworld XI)
Pratchett, Terry – Witches Abroad (Discworld XII)
Pratchett, Terry and Gaiman, Neil – Good Omens
Pressfield, Steven – Gates of Fire
Proud, Linda – The Botticelli Trilogy
Proud, Linda – A Gift for the Magus


Rawn, Melanie, Roberson, Jennifer and Elliott, Kate – The Golden Key
Rawn, Melanie – The Diviner
Renault, Mary – The King Must Die
Renault, Mary – The Bull From the Sea
Reve, Gerard – The Evenings
Rice, Anne – Cry to Heaven
Roberson, Jennifer – Lady of the Forest
Ronan, Vanessa – The Last Days of Summer
Ronson, Jon – The Psychopath Test
Roth, Philip – American Pastoral
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles I)
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles II)
Rothschild, Hannah – The Improbability of Love
Rush, ChristopherPenelope’s Web
Rymer, Russ – Genie: A Scientific Tragedy


Sabatini, Rafael – Scaramouche
Sabatini, Rafael – The Sea Hawk
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica I)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Bull (Boudica II)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Hound (Boudica III)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Serpent Spear (Boudica IV)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Emperor’s Spy (Rome I)
Senior, Antonia – The Winter Isles
Seton, Anya – Dragonwyck
Setterfield, Diane – Bellman and Black
Sewell, Brian – Outsider: Almost Always, Never Quite (Outsider I)
Sheers, Owen – Resistance
Shellabarger, Samuel – Prince of Foxes
Shoneyin, Lola – The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Smaill, Anna – The Chimes
Snyder, Midori – The Innamorati
Sontag, Susan – The Volcano Lover
Spufford, Francis – Golden Hill
Stark, Freya – The Valleys of the Assassins
Stevens, Robin – Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike I)
Stevens, Robin – Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike II)
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
Stoneman, Richard – Xerxes: A Persian Life
Summerscale, Kate – Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace
Summerscale, Kate – The Wicked Boy
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Blood Feud
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Sword at Sunset
Swirsky, Rachel – Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia
Sykes, S.D. – City of Masks (Somershill Manor Mysteries III)
Szerb, Antal – The Pendragon Legend


Tarr, Judith – A Wind in Cairo
Thesiger, Wilfred – Arabian Sands
Thomson, Rupert – Secrecy
Thorpe, Adam – Hodd
Tóibín, Colm – The Testament of Mary
Tóibín, Colm – House of Names
Tomalin, Claire – Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Towles, Amor – A Gentleman in Moscow
Tremain, Rose – Restoration
Tremain, Rose – Merivel: A Man of His Time
Turner, Lucille – Gioconda
Tyler, Anne – Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)


Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter
Urzidil, Johannes – The Last Bell


van der Vlugt, Simone – Midnight Blue
Vaughn, Carrie – That Game We Played During The War
Vick, Tyson – Mozart Reimagined
Vickers, Salley – Cousins 


Waihong, Choo – The Kingdom of Women
Walker, Jennifer – Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Biography of Elizabeth von Arnim
Walsh, Jill Paton – Knowledge of Angels
Waltari, Mika – The Etruscan
Walton, Jo – The Just City (Thessaly I)
Walton, Jo – The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly II)
Warner, Sylvia Townsend – The Corner That Held Them
Waterfield, Giles – The Hound in the Left Hand Corner
Waters, Sarah – Tipping the Velvet
Waters, Sarah – Affinity
Waters, Sarah – The Paying Guests
Weil, Jiří – Mendelssohn is on the Roof
White, Kiersten – And I Darken (Conqueror’s Trilogy I)
Williams, Hannah – Académie Royale: A History in Portraits
Wodehouse, P.G. – Jeeves in the Offing
Worsley, Kate – She Rises
Wyndham, John – The Midwich Cuckoos


Yanagihara, Hanya – A Little Life
Yanagihara, Hanya – The People in the Trees
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn – Ariosto
Yourcenar, Marguerite – Memoirs of Hadrian 


Zweig, Stefan- Messages from a Lost World

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4 thoughts on “Books: Index by Author

  1. karin says:

    i too love dorothy dunnett and guy gavriel kay – i wonder if you have read the boudica series by manda scott? if not, i am jealous because you have it still to discover!

    superb, complex storylines. lyrical prose. masterly research and (best of all) the most wonderful characterisation.


  2. The Idle Woman says:

    Hello Karin – thanks for your comments. No, I haven't read anything by Manda Scott yet, although I read an interview with her over at Historical Tapestry the other day (maybe you found this blog via my comment there, I don't know). She cites Mary Renault and Dorothy Dunnett among her influences, which is certainly a very good sign. Perhaps I should give her books a go. Thank you for the recommendation!

    Edit: I did eventually get round to Manda Scott in June 2016 and it was definitely worth the wait! Click on the following link to read my thoughts on the first of the Boudica novels, Dreaming the Eagle.

  3. The Idle Woman says:

    I update this page intermittently so if you're looking to see if I've posted on a particular author it's always worth Googling “the idle woman” and then the author's name, just to check. When you left your comment I'd just read my first Sutcliff – the wonderful Sword at Sunset – and I'm very much looking forward to exploring more of her books. I've just brought this page up to date, so you will find a link here too. Enjoy exploring and thanks for the comment!

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