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By Abraham Verghese -
Born in 1954 to an Indian Carmelite nun and a promising British surgeon in an Ethiopian hospital, Marion Stone narrates the story of his ...Read Review
By Elie Wiesel -
This elegiac novel follows Doriel, a man who fears he is either mad or possessed by a dybukk, and Dr. Therese Goldschmidt, the ...Read Review
By Jacqueline Winspear -
Published 2008Published 2009
As a Maisie Dobbs newcomer, for me this book was a revelation. It is fresh, unpretentious, and totally gripping. Unlike her other books—...Read Review
By Jacquelynn Luben -
This rambling book, which was sent to me for review as a historical novel, is set in 1991 and the ’60s. It contains no ...Read Review
By Jasper Kent -
Set in 1812, this book tells the story of Napoleon’s assault on Moscow. Russian city after Russian city has fallen to the French, ...Read Review
By Laurie Brown -
Eleanor Pottinger has traveled to England for a Jane Austen convention. Rather than giving her costume history lecture as she’d planned, she ...Read Review
This book is described in the publicity as ‘genre breaking’ and the ‘first Napoleonic historical vampire novel’. I do not propose to discuss ...Read Review
By Rick Collignon -
When Obie Poole, a retired Negro League baseball player from the ’20s, met Rachael Poole, he knew this orphan girl had to be ...Read Review
By Larry Karp -
The King of Ragtime is Karp’s second mystery featuring Scott Joplin. Following The Ragtime Kid, set in 1899 in Sedalia, Missouri, after the ...Read Review
By Kamila Shamsie -
Nagasaki, 9 August 1945. Hiroko Tanaka, daughter of a traitor, stands on her balcony watching the man she is to marry walk into infinity ...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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