Historical Fiction - Booktober 2021

Historical Fiction

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Below we have a fabulous selection of pre-recorded author readings. If you’re keen for some personal insights from an author, then you’re going to love scrolling through this section.

There’s a link to view them sharing a special part of their book with us on the WestWords YouTube channel as well as a link to purchase the book online.

A great taster if you’re not sure what book you’d like to dive into next!


One Thousand Hills by James Roy (YouTube)

ONE THOUSAND HILLS is a young adult novel set in Rwanda at the very beginning of the catastrophic genocide of 1994, in which over 800,000 people were killed in three months. It is based in part on the experiences of Noël who, as a young boy, witnessed these horrific events with his own eyes.


Master of My Fate by Sienna Brown (YouTube)

Winner of the MUD Literary Prize for the best debut literary novel by an Australian writer. A novel about one man’s journey to become his own master, from slavery in Jamaica, through to eventual freedom in colonial New South Wales. Based on a true story.


Elizabeth & Elizabeth by Sue Williams (YouTube)

The story of how two women, who should have been bitter foes, combined their courage and wisdom to wield extraordinary power and influence behind the scenes of the fledgling colony. One was Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of the new governor Lachlan Macquarie. The other was Elizabeth Macarthur, credited with creating Australia's wool industry and married to John Macarthur, a dangerous enemy of the establishment.