About our Reviews and Reviewers

Reviews

Most of the reviews on this site have been previously published in our print magazine, The Historical Novels Review (founded 1997). These reviews are not changed when they are uploaded to the website, and their original publication details can be found under the ‘appeared in’ field to the right of the review text.

Reviewers for the Historical Novels Review are mostly drawn from our membership, and are all well-read, knowledgable enthusiasts of historical fiction. All our print reviews go through a three-stage editorial process before publication.

The Historical Novels Review already has a large staff, but if you would like to join our reviewing team, please write to us.

Editors’ Choice titles are chosen by the editors and managing editors and are as featured in the print magazines. On the website they are marked with a button saying ‘Editors’ Choice’.

Historical Novels Review Editorial Staff:

  • Managing Editor: Bethany Latham
  • Book Review Editor: Sarah Johnson
  • Features Co-ordinator: Lucinda Byatt
  • Features Editor: Myfanwy Cook
  • Reviews Editors (UK): Doug Kemp, Edward James, Alan Fisk, Tracey Warr, and Elizabeth Hawksley (children’s titles)
  • Reviews Editors (US): Jessica Brockmole, Andrea Connell, Jane Kessler, Ilysa Magnus, Tamela McCann, and Arleigh Johnson (children’s titles)

All views expressed in our reviews are those of the reviewer, not necessarily the staff.

Online Exclusive Reviews

Online Exclusive titles have gone through the same three-stage editorial process as our other reviews but did not appear in the print magazine for lack of space or through late submission.

On the website they are marked with a button saying ‘Online Exclusive’.
All views expressed in our reviews are those of the reviewer, not necessarily the staff.

Indie Reviews

We also review some electronically-published, subsidy-published or self-published historical novels (see our guidelines). We have an editorial process for these reviews, and a staff (see below), but it is not the same process as for the print magazines. Again, if you would like to join our Indie reviews team, please write to us.

  • Indie Managing Editor: Helen Hollick
  • Indie Reviews Editors: Steve Donoghue (US/worldwide) and Helen Hollick (UK print titles)

On the website they are marked with a button saying ‘Indie’.

Editors’ Choices from the Indie reviews are marked with the same button as other Editors’ Choices, and will be listed beside them in an Editors’ Choice search.
All views expressed in our reviews are those of the reviewer, not necessarily the staff.