Nostalgic and Historical Fiction Books

In this section, you will find a wide variety of historical novels relating to recent history which feature stories set in the 1980s. So if you're a fan of both fiction and the best decade ever, you have definitely landed on the right page - enjoy! is participating in the Amazon Associates program. This allows trusted websites to earn fees by advertising and linking products at and


Bread Bags & Bullies; Survivng the 80s by Steven Manchester

Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the '80s

by Steven Manchester

208 pages - Kindle or paperback

This is an absorbing coming-of-age tale set in the winter of 1984, from the No.1 bestselling author Steven Manchester. Right from the off, I found myself being transported right back to the world which I grew up in, when wearing stone washed jeans and a Swatch watch was the norm. Using relatable characters (three brothers who bicker, fight, and play Atari video games), and beautifully descriptive sentences, the author revisits the real issues we all faced living as a twelve-year old in the 1980s, such as dealing with bullies on the school bus. This is a very engaging and satisfying nostalgia-fest.
Lethal Dangerousness Paperback

Lethal Dangerousness

by Steve McElhenny

258 pages - Kindle, paperback, audiobook

Lethal Dangerousness is a homage to the great 80s action movies. It pays tribute to films such as Lethal Weapon, Commando, Robocop and many more. The year is 1986. The surge in popularity of video games, consoles and video recorders leaves demand for traditional toys at an all-time low. With his workshop rapidly going out of fashion, Santa Claus decides to steer his business in a radical new direction - International drug trafficking! After all, why lose money making Christmas crackers, when he can earn money making Christmas crack heads.
This book is great fun to read and features 45 riveting chapters that are bursting with 80s nostaglia, laughs and plenty of action.
Business Wise (paperback) by M B Clarke

Business WisE (Part ONe)

by M.B. Clarke

346 pages - Kindle or paperback

Yarrow House Publishing

This absorbing novel is about two entrepreneurial families in 1980s Australia, who are each other’s number one competition.

The Gallaghers and Garrisons manage to find competition at every level, even when they are off-duty. Challenged by the unceasing rivalry, co-existing is complicated for the families and companies, when they must secure their rightful place.

Revisit the era that will continue to inspire to bring not only old-school items back, but also values. The Business Wise Series is based on a fascination with the 80s - a time that lacked today’s popular communication tools and electronics - and also the fashion, style and how people were able to connect, which are the key points.

Looper: A Coming of Age Novel by Michael Conton

Looper: A Coming of Age Novel

by Michael Conton

334 pages - Kindle or Paperback

As he heads into high school, star-gazing poet Ford Quinn has fallen hard for an Egyptian princess and become a caddy at an exclusive country club. The 14-year-old is set to have an awesome summer - until just about everything goes wrong! 
This is Michael's debut novel, and if you love an engaging and quirky coming of age story, you will find much to enjoy here. Immerse yourself in the joy of growing up back in the summer of 1980, when just about every teenager was creating their own mix tape, playing Space Invaders, and trying to solve the Rubik's Cube.
Dreamin' in '89: A Novel


by T. G. Monahan

196 pages - Kindle or Paperback

Set in the summer of 1989, this beautifully written and engaging novel tells the story of a single-minded boy, Sebastian Riggs, who is focused on much bigger problems than being made to do the school bullies' homework or vying for the attention of the coolest girl in his class. The one thing in the world he really needs is a radio-controlled vintage stunt plane - the Dreamin'. A thoroughly enjoyable and recommended read.
The '86 Fix: A 1980s Time Travel Novel

The '86 Fix: A 1980s Time Travel Novel

by Keith A. Pearson

360 pages - Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

If you could take a trip back in time and relive one weekend as a teenager again, would you change anything? In this best-selling novel, Craig Pelling is stick in a rut, until he's thrown a lifeline - a brief trip back in time to 1986. But will he be able to fix his life?
Peppermint PArk by Stephanie Harte

Peppermint Park

by Stephanie Harte

293 pages - Kindle edition

Stephanie is fast becoming a prolific nostalgia fiction writer. Released in July 2016, Stephanie's new work will transport you back to the late 1960s and early 70s, and it has been receiving rave reviews on Amazon. It starts in an affluent suburb in Chigwell, England, where an extravagant Victorian mansion hides dark torment behind its closed doors. Violet decides to escape to a new life in America with her boyfriend Bradley at a hippy commune named Happy Acres. Will it live up to its optimistic name, or will the new drug-fuelled existence come crashing down around them? 
Kitty Murphy's Ticket to Paradise by Stephanie Harte

Kitty Murphy's Ticket to Paradise

by Stephanie Harte

238 pages - Kindle Edition

This is a light-hearted novel which is set in 1980s London. Transport yourself back to a time when big hair, shoulder pads and leg warmers were the height of fashion, and highly-patterned Axminster carpets could induce a migraine! 

The Trusty Butter Knife - An 80s Adventure

The Trusty Butter Knife - An 80's Adventure

by Edward Fernandez

210 pages - Kindle Edition Only

It was 1985, somewhere in Southern California. A skinny teenager with a yellow Mohawk named Rusty Ruston, along with his band of misfit friends, unwittingly uncover a town secret when their curiosity leads them to rely on nothing more than their youthful, pure-hearted sense of adventure and a trusty butter knife! 

Tainted Love by Addison Moore

Tainted Love

by Addison Moore

202 pages - Kindle or Paperback

Welcome to 1985 - Big hair, leg warmers, bitchin’ music, and the Brat Pack — what’s not to love about the 80’s? Extract " I get accused of shoplifting right in front of my crush, Russell James, aka The Preppy Prince. He makes my entire body weak as water, and I hate that he has that effect on me." Head back to the mid 1980s in Tainted Love from a best-selling American author.

Trapped in an 80s Teen Movie by Michelle Duffy

Trapped in an 80s Teen Movie

by Michelle Duffy

196 pages - Kindle or Paperback

A highly-rated comedy romance that is both fun and witty. This entertaining and engaging story will take you right back to being an 80s teenager again, a time when John Hughes films (such as Pretty in Pink) and dodgy fashion were pretty much order of the day.

I Love the 80s by Meghan Crane

I Love the 80s

by Megan Crane

401 pages - Kindle or Paperback

Jenna loved everything about the 80s - the hair, the fashion, the music - and most of all, Tommy Seer, pop legend.

A magical escape back to the eighties by full-time writer Megan Crane.

Acceptable in the 80s by Thom Fell

Acceptable in the Eighties

by Thom Fell

204 pages - Kindle Edition

A highly-rated, must-read book. A rollicking, fast-paced Noir-ish tale of murder, mayhem and synth-pop! Available only on Kindle.

Let It Snow Kitty Murphy's Christmas Collection Party Two Book

Let It Snow: Kitty's Christmas Collection Part Two

(Kitty Murphy's Ticket To Paradise Book 3)

By Stephanie Harte

113 pages - Kindle edition

On a freezing cold day in December 1988, as the snow continues to fall at Sea View Paradise Holiday Park in the Isle of Wight, the daunting prospect of being snowed in now seems like a very real scenario. Will it be a wonderful adventure or a terrible nightmare? Kitty finds herself playing host to a chalet full of guests, and it really isn't her idea of fun. The visitors outstay their welcome and tempers start to fray. How will Kitty handle it? Will she be full of festive cheer, or will she become Scrooge?

Wight Christmas by Stephanie Harte

Wight Christmas: Kitty's Christmas Collection Part One

by Stephanie Harte - Illustrations by Sarah Hart

104 pages - Kindle Edition

This festive novella features characters from one of Stephanie's previous work's Kitty Murphy's Ticket to Paradise. While enjoying a relaxing break on the Isle of Wight (hence the clever book title) in December 1988, Kitty and Liam find their yuletide plans to be at peril when an unfortunate accident and a blizzard threaten to put a dampener on their festive plans. Will their Christmas be frightful or delightful?