Historical fiction allows readers to step back in time. It is a way to make connections between then and now and can help us develop a deeper understanding of the present. Famous diarist Anaïs Nin said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect,” and nowhere is that truer than in historical fiction.
Reading historical fiction allows us to discover people’s motivations, helping us to understand why certain times in history occurred and why people acted in the ways they did. It allows us to contemplate social change, educating us about the past, and teaching us lessons we wouldn’t otherwise learn. Reading texts set in the past can also help you consolidate what you’re learning in class by placing you in the world of the text, a place where you can learn more about what it was truly like to live during those times.
The iCentre has a wide range of historical fiction texts, marked with ‘In The Past’ stickers. Whether you’re interested in Australian History, or the Pharaohs. Vikings or Samurais. World War Two or the Crusades – we’ve got you covered.
Search the OPAC or come down to the iCentre to browse through the ‘In The Past’ collection.