20th Century

The Beautiful Strangers

By Camille Di Maio - Published 2019


A woman’s quest to fulfill her grandfather’s wishes leads her on the adventure of a lifetime. The year is 1958, and Kate ...Read Review

The Syndicate

By Guy Bolton - Published 2018Published 2019



This is a sequel to the author’s 2017 novel The Pictures, reviewed in HNR issue 80. It is the United States in the summer ...Read Review

The Lost Daughter

By Sylvia Broady - Published 2018Published 2019


Set in Hull, East Yorkshire, in 1930, Broady tells the story of Alice Goddard, a woman fleeing domestic violence at the hands of her ...Read Review

The Unbeliever

By Oggy Boytchev (author) - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

The Unbeliever is fictionalised history rather than historical fiction. It is based closely on the real-life story of a Bulgarian diplomat who was ...Read Review

Dreams of Silver (The Silver Music Box)

By Mina Baites - Published 2018


Germany, 1938. Paul Blumenthal tries desperately to get his Jewish family out of Germany, but he is betrayed. Just before his two little girls ...Read Review

In Search of Brigid Coltrane

By Seamus Beirne - Published 2018



It is 1941 in Ireland; Peter Coltrane and his young daughter, Brigid, are fishing in Loch Gorm when they witness the executions of two ...Read Review

Heads You Win

By Jeffrey Archer - Published 2018



Having completed his Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer returns this year with a stand-alone novel, Heads You Win. Archer’s latest book explores the ...Read Review

Betsy and Lilibet

By Sophie Duffy - Published 2018


London, 1926: two baby girls are born in London. One becomes Queen Elizabeth II. The other girl is the daughter of an undertaker south ...Read Review

The Huntress

By Kate Quinn - Published 2019


Ian Graham and Nina Markova are different from other people in their post-WWII world. In her words: “You – in war you hunt stories, ...Read Review

The Widows

By Jess Montgomery - Published 2019


It is 1925 when we meet Lily Ross as she is cleaning out a jail cell in preparation for the new prisoner her husband ...Read Review