Australian Literature

Australian Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a genre that uses fictional characters in a retelling of a historical time, or setting. The stories can also incorporate historical figures from the time period interacting with the fictional cast to create a sense of history alongside the narrative. In Australia, historical fiction, the narratives centre around colonial times, times of war, the Great Depression, or using one of these events as a backdrop to a family story and mystery. Sulari Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair series deserves another mention, as she uses the turmoil of the 1930s, as a backdrop to the crimes. Her characters also interact with historical figures of the time such as: Kingsford-Smith, Nancy Wake and Eric Campbell. In a series such as this, the combination creates interesting storylines, and each novel is linked together with the events that are unfolding. In doing so, the link between the characters, the crimes and the historical outcomes that Rowland and his friends must inevitably face is stronger and creates a stronger storyline.