HNR Issue 82 (November 2017)

Clytemnestra: The Mother’s Blade

By Alice Underwood - By Victoria Grossack - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

Set firmly in the Bronze Age, this novel once again gives us the eternally re-fought conflict that ensued, when the Greek city-states, led ...Read Review

An Argument of Blood

By J.A. Ironside - By Matthew Willis - Published 2017


Set in the earlier years of William the Conqueror’s rule over Normandy, An Argument of Blood opens with him as a young, ...Read Review

The Wolf Trial

By Neil MacKay - Published 2016


Neil MacKay’s version of 16th-century Germany resembles hell on earth. Pamphlets from the period describe the trial of one Peter Stumpf in ...Read Review

The Tiger’s Prey: A Novel of Adventure (Courtney Family Novels)

By Tom Harper - By Wilbur Smith - Published 2017Published 2017-10-17



“Aurangzeb died two years ago… the Mughal Empire is tearing itself apart,” Ana, a Goanese merchant, informs Tom Courtney, an English trader in ...Read Review

Zoffany’s Daughter

By Stephen Foster - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

This unusual book tells with considerable verve and charm the little-known story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of the painter Zoffany, and the custody ...Read Review

The Watercolourist

By Beatrice Masini - By Clarissa Ghelli (trans.) - By Oonagh Stransky (trans.) - Published 2017



“It was easy to think I knew everything. I felt like I was on top of the world. And then the bubble burst…” ...Read Review

The Postman Poet

By Liz Shakespeare - Published 2017


Biographical FictionLiterary

Edward Capern, aka The Postman Poet, deserves wider recognition, not just for his pastoral poetry but for his concern for the poor and ...Read Review

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao

By Eric M. B. Becker (trans.) - By Martha Batalha - Published 2017



“This is the story of Euridice Gusmao, the woman who might have been.” In 1940s Rio de Janeiro, Euridice is a housewife with ...Read Review


By Sarah Franklin - Published 2017


World War Two continues to be a fertile area for works of both fact and fiction. Many of the latter have the characteristics ...Read Review

It Was Only Ever You

By Kate Kerrigan - Published 2017


Three women, Rose, Ava, and Sheila, center around Patrick Murphy’s life in late 1950s New York. He is a handsome, charismatic singer ...Read Review

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