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HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. Our ARA and Saudi awards are amongst the most generous of all literary prizes.
By Jennifer Chiaverini -
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Keckley rose out of slavery to become the dressmaker for both Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Her life gets ...Read Review
By Colin Roderick Fulton -
This visually evocative novel, set towards the end of the Second World War, tells of Sturmbannführer (Major) Friedrich Schonewille, an accountant working ...Read Review
By Jean-Marie Blas de Robles - By Mike Mitchell (trans.) -
Each chapter of this novel begins with a selection from a biography of the 17th-century Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher, purportedly by his closest ...Read Review
By Ruth Downie -
Set in 2nd-century Roman Britain during Hadrian’s rule, this interesting read started out slow for a mystery but picked up speed about ...Read Review
By Kate Hubbard -
Published 2012Published 2013
Queen Victoria presided over a vast household of servants, but this is not a book about the drudgery of scullery maids and stable ...Read Review
By Tracy Chevalier -
A young Quaker woman, Honor Bright, has left her civilized home of Bridport in England for the wild, untamed wilderness of Ohio. The ...Read Review
By Dolores Gordon-Smith -
With his dying breath, an American journalist whispers to Anthony Brooke that there is a gentleman traitor in England feeding vital war information ...Read Review
By Gina Lamm -
When 21st-century gamer-girl Jamie Marten is sucked through an antique mirror into the 19th century and the Earl of Dunnington’s bedchamber, she ...Read Review
By Morgan Llywelyn -
The Romans have left Britannia. What remains on the island are disparate fragments of Roman British settlements and cities, roaming hordes of barbarians ...Read Review
By John Pilkington -
Martin Marbeck is a spy for Queen Elizabeth in the year 1600. He travels under various pseudonyms with one mission that very quickly changes ...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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