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By Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus -
Published (first ed. 1898)Published 2006
“On looking back I find little essential to regret and much, Oh so much, to be thankful for”. This is the last line ...Read Review
By David Maine -
Published 2006 (US)Published 2007 (UK)
An angel announces to Samson’s barren mother that she will give birth to a son who will be remembered for his mighty ...Read Review
By Alan Spence -
Closely based on historical fact, this is the story of Thomas Glover, the young Aberdeen merchant who became known as the Scottish samurai, ...Read Review
By Michel Faber -
The Crimson Petal and the White, Faber’s monumental novel of a Victorian prostitute’s progress, won him fans all over the globe. ...Read Review
By Kate Grenville -
The Secret River follows the life of William Thornhill, born into the working class of London in the late 1700s. Luckier than most, ...Read Review
By M.G. Vassanji -
The “Book of Secrets” represents the stolen diary of a British colonial administrator, Sir Alfred Corbin, who arrived in Mombasa in 1913. Many ...Read Review
By James Meek -
Published 2005 (US)Published 2006 (UK)
The People’s Act of Love is set in the isolated village of Yazyk, Siberia, in 1919, where a company of Czech soldiers, stranded ...Read Review
By Leonardo Padura Fuentes -
Writer Ernest Hemingway was a “man’s man,” known for his zeal for violence in many forms, from bullfights and safaris to his ...Read Review
By Alberto Manguel -
“He stopped for a moment, partly because of the pain and partly because of the horror that the story produced in him, but ...Read Review
By M.G. Vassanji -
Vic (Vikram) and his sister Deepa are eight years old when the story begins. They are displaced Indians living in Kenya at the ...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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