Top 10 Historical Novels

History can seem boring or detached to many readers. However, when explored through a novel it's easy to get swept up in the lives of people just like us, but who are caught up in events beyond their control. Children and adults alike can learn so much from a good historical novel and get transported to so many areas of our shared history. Dip in and enjoy!


Top 10 Historical Novels

  • Across the Divide

    Across the Divide

    By Brian Gallagher

    When Liam, a poor eleven-year-old boy, and Nora, a rich ten-year-old girl meet at a Feis Ceol, an unlikely bond is formed - a bond that leads to a friendship spanning the deeply divided city that was Dublin in 1913.

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  • Faraway Home

    Faraway Home

    By Marilyn Taylor

    Two Jewish children are sent from Nazi-occupied Austria to a refugee farm in Northern Ireland. Will they ever see their families again? Based on the true story of Millisle refugee farm in Ards, Co Down.

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  • Friend or Foe

    Friend or Foe

    1916: Which side are you on?

    By Brian Gallagher

    When Emer Daly saves Jack Madigan from drowning it seems that the two children will be friends for life. Eight months later, however, they are on opposite sides in a life and death struggle, when Dublin city is torn apart in the Easter Rising. With their young lives in turmoil, what will come first – friendship, family or loyalty to  a cause?

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  • Granuaile: Pirate Queen

    Granuaile: Pirate Queen

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    A story of immense bravery and daring, as Granuaile takes on the great Norman lords, smuggles weapons and mercenaries for the Ulster Gaelic O'Donnell and O'Neill clans and finally goes to confront Elizabeth Tudor herself.

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    160
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  • The Guns of Easter

    The Guns of Easter

    By Gerard Whelan

    It is 1916 and Europe is at war. From the poverty of the Dublin slums twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway is pulled between the British Army and the rebels in the Easter Rising. Real history seen through the eyes of a child from a master storyteller.

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    176
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  • Kings of the Boyne

    Kings of the Boyne

    By Nicola Pierce

    Two kings, three young soldiers, one battle to end all battles.

    As King James and King William prepare to meet at the Boyne in battle, three young men face the horrors of war.

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  • The Making of Mollie

    The Making of Mollie

    By Anna Carey

    Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.

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  • Pawns

    Pawns

    Ireland's War of Independence

    By Brian Gallagher

    During the War of Independence, friends Johnny, Stella and Alice grapple with conflicting loyalties – then matters come dramatically to a head on the night the Black and Tans set Balbriggan ablaze during a murderous night of vengeance.

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  • Under the Hawthorn Tree

    Under the Hawthorn Tree

    Children of the Famine

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

    The first book in the famine trilogy
    Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

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