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By Kate Grenville -
Published 2009Published 2010
Kate Grenville is a bestselling Australian author who has already written about her country’s convict past. In The Lieutenant she goes back ...Read Review
By Ismail Kadare (trans. David Bellos) -
The Ottoman Empire during the 15th century lays siege to a Christian fortress on a plain surrounded by the mountains of Albania. The ...Read Review
By David Bellos (trans.) - By Ismail Kadare -
Published 2007 (UK)Published 2008 (US)
Tyranny is the theme of this absorbing novella and two short stories. Written by Albania’s best known novelist, who experienced totalitarianism firsthand, ...Read Review
By Andrew Davidson -
Published 2008 (UK)Published 2008 (US)
If the first scene of this debut novel doesn’t grab you by the throat, then no opening scene ever will. In The ...Read Review
By Jay Parini -
This ambitious book sets out to give an account of Tolstoy’s final year (1910) that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction. ...Read Review
By Margaret Elphinstone -
Off the Isle of Man lies the tiny island of Ellan Bride, an outpost of fabulous isolation, often veiled from the outside world ...Read Review
By Bruno Arpaia -
Walter Benjamin leaves Berlin to escape Nazi persecution and begins a new life in Paris. Ignoring the impending signs of war and invasion, ...Read Review
By Dino Buzzati -
Published 2007 (c 1938)
The classic novel The Tartar Steppe was first published in 1938, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. It tells the story ...Read Review
By Albert Sánchez Piñol -
Just after the Great War, a man arrives at a remote, sub-Antarctic island where he is to be a weather observer. He finds ...Read Review
By Joel Rose -
On a July Sunday morning in 1841, Mary Cecilia Rogers left her mother’s house on Nassau Street in New York City and was ...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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