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By Vanessa Riley -
It is a truth that should be universally acknowledged, that history is written by the winning side – and traditionally our history has been ...Read Review
By Amanda Perez Puentes (illus.) - By Kelly Zekas - By Tarun Shanker -
Eighteenth-century England seems like an unlikely time for a woman bare-knuckle boxer to become a celebrity. Alas, that idea would be wrong, as ...Read Review
By Gina Conkle -
London, 1753. This is the story of widow Anne Neville, English-born and Scottish by marriage. She is determined to help her clans-people by finding ...Read Review
By Eli Brown - By Karin Rytter (illus.) -
Alternate HistoryChildren/Young Adult
Brown’s fans have to wait a long time between novels, but each one is worth it. Readers who adored his award-winning “culinary ...Read Review
By David Field -
In 1788, with England’s gaols overflowing, the Lady Penrhyn arrives in Australia delivering the first of many women convicts, with the New South ...Read Review
By Karen Brooks -
The most famous Scottish witch trials and burnings took place in the late 16th century, but the prejudices and accusations lingered on for ...Read Review
By Kayte Nunn -
Three storylines in two timelines make up this evocative tale. In 1768, Rowan, a young maid with a healing gift and the sight, joins ...Read Review
By Liam Sternberg -
Venice, 1704: This is the fictionalised story of the violinist Anna Maria della Pietà, (c. 1696-1782) in the years when Antonio Vivaldi was Master ...Read Review
By Philippa Jane Keyworth -
Recently widowed Lady Rachel Denby needs financial security. Confirmed bachelor Viscount Arleigh needs a wife to secure his inheritance. She proposes a deal: ...Read Review
By Laura McKenna -
Based on real-life events, this book starts when an elderly woman, Harriet Small, is given a memoir written nearly sixty years earlier by ...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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