HNR Issue 53 (August 2010)

The Tulip Virus

By Daniëlle Hermans - By David MacKay (trans.) - Published 2010



This mystery neatly ties together events in Alkmaar, Holland in the 17th century with those in London in the present day. In 1636, a ...Read Review

Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword

By Chris Bradford - Published 2009


Children/Young Adult

1612, Japan. This is Jack Fletcher’s second samurai adventure. Now thirteen, he has been adopted by the venerated samurai Matamoto and is now ...Read Review

The Story of Robin Hood

By Rob Lloyd Jones - Published 2010


Children/Young Adult

This simple tale has the bare bones of the Robin Hood story: Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, the outlaw band who rob the rich ...Read Review

The Lark and the Laurel

By Barbara Willard - Published 2009


Children/Young Adult

1485. The Wars of the Roses are over and Henry Tudor is on the throne. The defeated Yorkist, Sir Thomas Jolland, on his way ...Read Review

The Great Silence, 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War

By Juliet Nicolson - Published 2009



This is the story of the pause between the Armistice in November 1918 and the interment of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey exactly ...Read Review

Great Maria

By Cecelia Holland - Published 1974Published 2010


Maria, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a robber baron in 11th century Italy, is given in marriage to Richard, an ambitious young knight. “I ...Read Review

Honour and the Sword

By A.L. Berridge - Published 2010



1636 – the height of the Thirty Years War. As the story opens, Spanish armies invade King Louis XIII’s France. The sleepy border village ...Read Review

The Italian Potion

By Edward Bewley - Published 2010



Set in Restoration London, in 1663, this is Bewley’s first novel. As a journalist he is well able to string words together, and ...Read Review

The Pursuit

By Peter Smalley - Published 2010



Set in the spring of 1792, the title captures the main thrust of the 36-gun frigate HMS Expedient’s crew mission in this, the ...Read Review

Roy & Lillie: A Love Story

By Loren D. Estleman - Published 2010


Biographical FictionWestern

The admiration the infamous Judge Roy Bean had for Lillie Langtry, the “Professional Beauty” of late Victorian society, has been the stuff of ...Read Review