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By Jean Auel -
I have long wanted to read Jean Auel’s acclaimed novel of Neanderthal society. Offered the opportunity to review the Hodder re-issue, with ...Read Review
By Edward John Crockett -
In the aftermath of the Battle of Poitiers, Sir John de Hawkwood, having fallen foul of his commanding officer (Edward the Black Prince) ...Read Review
By Mary Gentle -
Published 2004 (UK)Published 2005 (US)
“It’s about sex, cruelty, and forgiveness.” Thus does Mary Gentle commence her marvelously inventive novel of espionage, assassination, and precognitive mayhem in ...Read Review
By Jennifer Ashley -
One fine day, Penelope Trask is walking to the village with her friend when a mad horseman gallops up to them. He asks ...Read Review
By Per Olov Enquist (trans. Tiina Nunnally) -
Set in Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this quiet novel is a work of art. With every word, every ...Read Review
By Beryl Kingston -
In 1800 the poet, William Blake, and his wife, Catherine, move from London to the tiny rural community of Felpham, in Sussex. There they ...Read Review
By Jem Poster -
Charles Redbourne, middle-aged dilettante, leaves his English country estate in disgrace after his callous treatment of a discarded male love interest drives the ...Read Review
By John Wilcox -
The year is 1880. Simon Fonthill and his sidekick, “352” Jenkins, are preparing to leave India and return to England when they receive a plea ...Read Review
By Bill Broder -
Eighteen-year-old Rebecca Bearwald comes from the only Jewish family in a northern Michigan resort town during the Prohibition era. Her father owns a ...Read Review
By Robert Franklin Gish -
Robert Gish writes a compelling and delightful collection of short stories that will make you frown, smile, and laugh out loud. These stories ...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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