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By A.N. Wilson -
In his capacious new novel, Wilson brings his combined skills as novelist and biographer to the life of the great potter, inventor and ...Read Review
By Lee Chadeayne (trans.) - By Oliver Pötzsch -
In the dead of winter in a 17th-century Bavarian village, a priest discovers he’s been poisoned. The village executioner, his headstrong daughter, ...Read Review
By A. J. Hartley - By David Hewson -
Few readers will come to this novel without at least a sketchy memory of the Shakespeare play, whether it was read or seen ...Read Review
By Iris Anthony -
If you’ve ever admired handmade lace and wondered how it was made, you’ll be intrigued by this book. In 17th-century France, ...Read Review
By Kelly Long -
This story takes place in Central Pennsylvania in the late 18th century. The citizens are embroiled in the revolution for freedom and experiencing ...Read Review
By Cara Elliott -
This is the second novel in the Lords of Misrule trilogy. Lady Eliza Brentford is a young, impecunious widow whose brother is so ...Read Review
By Anthony McCarten -
Brilliance is a fictionalised account of the life of Thomas Alva Edison. The author says this book is not intended to be another ...Read Review
By Ann Whitehead -
On a ship to Australia in the 1880s, Marina is orphaned after a fever outbreak and is taken into the care of James ...Read Review
By Víctor del Árbol -
From time to time a book comes along that is staggeringly good, one that illuminates and informs readers on multiple levels, like Wolf ...Read Review
By Patricia Harman -
Patience Murphy is a “thirty-six year old widow, wanted by the law in two states,” so when she takes up the duties of ...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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