A historical fiction novel is normally a huge tome that, to carry around, requires months of weight training. For those that would skip the muscle building and listen to a historical book on the go, we've listed some of the best historical fiction novels.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse, read by Hattie Morahan

Set in sixteenth century Languedoc, The Burning Chambers is the first in a new series from Mosse, and her first novel since The Taxidermist’s Daughter in 2014.

Kate shares the origins of her new series and what you can expect from the world of The Burning Chambers in our blog post.

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, read by John Lee

Set in a Europe in turmoil following the coronation of the protestant Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, A Column of Fire is Ken Follett’s first return to Kingsbridge since million-copy bestseller World Without End a decade ago.

Test your knowledge on the Kingsbridge series with these 7 facts you may not have known.

Dissolution by C. J. Sansom, read by Steven Crossley

Dissolution is the first in the phenomenal Shardlake series, and features mystery, murder and political wrangling all set against the backdrop of the glamorous Tudor court.

The seventh novel in the Shardlake series, Tombland is publishing in October, so there's plenty of time for you to catch up with the happenings so far.

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer, read by Emilia Fox and Roger Allam

In this thrilling episodic saga of love, loss, betrayal and ambition, you will be taken on an exhilarating journey from the back alleys of Bristol to the teeming streets of New York City and the gulags of Stalinist Russia. Its memorable cast of characters has captured the imaginations of readers across the globe.

The Angry Tide by Winston Grahamn, narrated by Oliver J. Hembrough

These are the books in which the popular TV show, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are based on. The Angry Tide is the seventh book in the Winston Graham's series of Cornish novels.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, read by Morven Christie

Burial Rites is based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. The landscape of Agnes’s final days seems a character in its own right – like the novel as a whole, Iceland is by turns isolating and enabling, tragic and majestic.

The Silk Weaver by Liz Trenow, read by Katie Scarfe

1760, Spitalfields. Anna Butterfield’s life is about to change forever, as she moves from her idyllic Suffolk home to be introduced into London society. A chance encounter with a French silk weaver, Henri, draws her in to the volatile world of the city’s burgeoning silk trade.

As their lives become ever more intertwined, Henri realises that Anna’s designs could give them both an opportunity for freedom. But his world becomes more dangerous by the day, as riots threaten to tear them apart forever . . .

A Season of Secrets by Margaret Pemberton, read by Kristin Atherton

Margaret Pemberton’s A Season of Secrets is the perfect antidote to all of your Downton Abbey pangs with it’s incredibly comforting Yorkshire set Upstairs/Downstairs plot. Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940s, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Gorton Hall in Yorkshire.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, read by Louise Brealey

Brought vividly to life by the narration, this new, unabridged audiobook also includes extra content read by the author, Kate Mosse and tells the story of Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, who stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth.