My Historical Fiction

Books & Stories My Historical Fiction

The Crimson Thread

The Crimson Thread was inspired by the true story of Kate Forsyth’s great-uncle who fought at the Battle of Crete in 1941.

“There’s a reason why Kate Forsyth is one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers it’s because she writes such enchanting tales.” - Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Riviera House

The Crimson Thread

“Love, jealousy, war, espionage, and myth combine in a tale as complex and beguiling as Ariadne's labyrinth I couldn't put it down!” - Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose sets an imaginary story of impossible love against the true events of the French Revolution and the first British embassy sent to steal the secrets of tea from the Emperor of China…

‘The Blue Rose is a sumptuous and soaring tale of star crossed love, betrayal, danger and adventure.’ - Booktopia

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Beauty in Thorns

Inspired by the fascinating lives of Lizzie Siddal, Jane Morris and Georgie Burne Jones, the wives, muses & mistresses of the Pre Raphaelites…

“A vibrant historical novel that reimagines the lives of women who inspired the Pre Raphaelite artists. Beauty in Thorns does for the Pre Raphaelite muses what Tracey Chevalier’s Girl in a Pearl Earring does for Vermeer’s.” - The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Beast’s Garden

Based on the little known true story of the women of the Berlin underground resistance to Hitler…

“A wonderful tale of daring and courage, of struggle and survival, of love and loyalty, this is a ‘must read’ “. - Book’d Out
AUDIO THE The Beast’s Garden

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The Wild Girl

The heart wrenching untold story of Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told the Grimm brothers many of the world’s most beloved fairy tales…

Named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013 by Australian readers.

“A beautiful and often heartbreaking love story that is sure to move and captivate readers” - ALA Booklist

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Bitter Greens

A dark and sensuous reinvention of the Rapunzel fairy tale, inspired by the extraordinary true story of one of the tale's first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.
  • Winner of the American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction
  • A Library Journal Best Book Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award and the Ditmar Award
  • Received an Honourable Mention in the Norma K. Hemming Award

Bitter Greens

“A captivating marriage of history and folklore” - ALA Judges report

“Deserves to win the Booker… truly spellbinding” - Simon Savidge

“Exceptional storytelling” - Historical Tapestry

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