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History Books I rate: 1920s

Some of you might know I teach History at High School. I love finding good YA historical fiction which I can use in the classroom if only to recommend to my students as wider reading.

I do however find that I can be very critical of historical fiction and I do find myself having to give up on books others have raved about because I can't get over historical inaccuracies or stories where events are treated lightly.

This month I have a selection of books set in and around the 1920s (ish). Perfect for Downton Abbey Fans.

Secrets and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

I loved this book completely when I read it. It's very much got that Downton feel to it with the upstairs / downstairs divide and seeing how the different classes of people lived.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This huge book is set in the 1920s and has a supernatural theme to it. I read this when I was in hospital overnight for 2 days so can't really remember much except for the fact I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Debutantes by Cora Harrison

Another one with a very Downton feel to it. It follows the stories of a group of sisters and I was pleasantly entertained by it.

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

This one I remember having lots of twists to it which kept me really hooked. Super glam and generally fabulous.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Another story set in America in the 1920s. You have all the speakeasies and I loved the glamour of it all.


I really need to read The Diviners.. I've had it for ages but ahhhh! It's so chunky :(