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By Steve Sem-Sandberg -
W. is based on the 1821 true crime story of Johann Christian Woyzeck of Leipzig, who murdered his lover in a jealous rage and ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Lowry -
November 1912. On a cold, wet autumnal morning, Thomas Hardy’s wife Emma dies suddenly of heart failure. With both born in 1840, and hence ...Read Review
By Daniel Birnbaum - By Deborah Bragan-Turner (trans.) -
Immanuel is standing in the first-floor corridor of Kronoberg Prison in Stockholm, watching Gottfried Fischer enter. Fischer is the publisher who hired Immanuel ...Read Review
By Norman Lock -
The ninth installment in Lock’s The American Novels series brings together literary giants Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott. It is 1863, and ...Read Review
By Rebecca Stott -
AD 500, and sisters Isla and Blue sit on an island in the Thames, watching the tide creep up on the Ghost City, formerly ...Read Review
By Miguel Bonnefoy -
Heritage presents the fictional lives of intertwined families across four generations whose patriarchs came to Chile from Europe. In 1873, Monsieur Lonsonier, a French ...Read Review
By Lena Andersson - By Sarah Death (trans.) -
This Swedish family saga follows the life of Ragnar Johansson, born in 1932 of poor parents. From young adulthood, Ragnar embraces his country’s ...Read Review
By Luke Francis Beirne -
In Paris for the first time in 1949, Canadian Milne Lowell is pleased to meet old friends and make new acquaintances at the International ...Read Review
By Geraldine Brooks -
Brooks succeeds gloriously at creating a love letter to thoroughbred horses, racing, and the beauties of antebellum Kentucky, and passably well at creating ...Read Review
By Danielle Daniel -
Canadian writer Daniel’s poignant historical novel, her adult fiction debut, reveals important truths about Indigenous women’s lives. The daughters of the ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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