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By Anthony Quinn -
This book takes its name from a picture of his two daughters made by the 18th-century painter William Merrymount. The other daughter in ...Read Review
By Jane Smiley -
In Smiley’s short but impactful latest, two sex workers get caught up in a crime-novel scenario, one calling to mind the Edgar ...Read Review
By Don Jordan - By Michael Walsh -
Published 2013Published 2016
King Charles I was executed in 1649, his death warrant signed by 57 men.Twelve years later, the monarchy restored, King Charles II took the ...Read Review
By Mara Faye Lethem (trans.) - By Sara Moliner -
Barcelona in 1952. When glamorous widow, Mariona Sobrerroca, is found murdered in her mansion, Inspector Isidro Castro is assigned to the investigation. Young newspaper ...Read Review
By Jonathan Smith -
On 23 June 1953, after entertaining an Italian delegation to a witty after-dinner speech, Prime Minister Churchill, aged 79, suffered a major stroke. His deputy, Foreign ...Read Review
By Tom Holland -
This is certainly a book with a difference. It is cited as fiction, but I would suggest that that is far from the ...Read Review
By Beryl Bainbridge -
Published 2002Published 2012
This is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic, originally published in 1996 and now reissued, as have been so many other ...Read Review
By Jane Gardam -
Published 1986Published 2012
Crusoe’s Daughter, published in 1986, has been reissued to fill the gap between Gardam’s last novel (God on the Rocks, 2010) and her ...Read Review
By Simon Mawer -
Published 2009Published 2010
This novel’s setting is an ultra-modern house, built in the late 1920s in what is now the Czech Republic. The characters are ...Read Review
By Miklos Vamos (trans. Peter Sherwood) -
Published 2007Published 2009
Spanning 300 years and twelve generations of the Csillag family, Vamos’s saga represents the signs of the zodiac, encompassing what he sees as ...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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