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By Catrin Collier -
In 1869 Tsar Nicholas invited a Welshman to develop mining and ironworks in Ukraine. John Hughes brought with him Welsh miners and iron-workers. They ...Read Review
By Tom Williams -
James Brooke, late of the East India Company, was an adventurer in its truest sense. In 1838, he purchased a schooner and sailed to ...Read Review
This tale of espionage is set against one of the lesser-known fields of conflict in the Napoleonic Wars – South America – with the real-life ...Read Review
By James Green -
In 1805, ex-Vice President Aaron Burr plots treason against the United States. The American Secret Service blackmails South American revolutionary, Sebastian Francisco de Miranda ...Read Review
By Carol McGrath -
As we all know, the year 1066 was an eventful one. The struggle for the Crown triggered by the death of Edward the Confessor ...Read Review
By James Green -
Boston, 1802. Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man who finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue. But ...Read Review
By Marion Husband -
The protagonist of this novel set in the aftermath of WW1, Paul Harris, has returned from the war, but his inner problems have ...Read Review
A superbly written book, this is a poignant and very readable novel. The rich, colourful and complex characters bring this story of homosexuality ...Read Review
The novel is set just after the end of World War Two, and the author captures well that sense of desolation of rationing, ...Read Review
By Jane Jackson -
Published 2001Published 2013
Cornwall, 1795. Melissa Tregonning, unconventional, beautiful but too tall for her time, tries to save her late father’s boatyard, which is encumbered 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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