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By Jeri Laber -
After a stultifying year of translating documents from Russian to English in the early 1960s, Kate Landau is frustrated that her CIA career ...Read Review
By Joie Davidow -
The love story between the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev and the opera singer and composer Pauline Viardot is reimagined in this novel by ...Read Review
By Caraline Brown -
London, late 18th century. The roar of a lion calls to her, so Lillian follows the sound to a menagerie full of exquisite ...Read Review
By Stephanie Storey -
Stephanie Storey follows up her stunning debut, Oil and Marble, a novel about the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo, with another brilliant novel ...Read Review
By Melvyn Bragg -
In 12th-century Paris, a learned young woman named Heloise is tutored by the famed philosopher Abelard. The teacher and student soon become lovers, ...Read Review
By David Dollenmayer (trans.) - By Martin Walser -
In the summer of 1823, while on a promenade in Marienbad, Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe, then 73, literary, scientific, and cultural lion, confidant of kings, ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Cobbs -
In the spring of 1863, the Union army is reeling from defeats. One of their spies, working along South Carolina’s Combahee River under ...Read Review
By Meg Keneally -
Fled is based on an extraordinary true story. Desperate to escape a life of gruelling poverty in Cornwall, Jenny Trelawney turns to highway ...Read Review
By Ramin Ganeshram -
It’s no mystery why so many historical novels have featured cooks as protagonists – food is one of the most vivid windows into ...Read Review
By Jane Harris -
Published 2017Published 2018
Just before Christmas 1765, two mixed-race slaves, Lucien and his older brother Emile, are charged by their master Father Cléophas to travel from ...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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