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By Kitty Aldridge -
London, 1879. Percival Unusual George is a showman. He leads a troupe of nine performing Remarkables. He is driven by a dream of fame ...Read Review
By Louisa Hall -
Trinity portrays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man credited with being the Father of the Atomic Bomb, from the viewpoints of seven fictional characters. ...Read Review
By Andrew Martin -
Jean Beckett is researching the life of the late 19th-century London musical hall artiste Kate French. She plans to put on a stage ...Read Review
By Nick Dybek -
This novel switches back and forth between California in 1950 and France and Italy as they recover from war in 1921. The title refers to ...Read Review
By Rupert Thomson -
Suzanne Malherbe is a shy teenager in pre-WWI France. She’s a talented illustrator who doesn’t fully blossom until she meets the ...Read Review
By Andrew Martin -
A cold and snowy winter in York at the end of the 18th century. Fletcher Rigge is a young man incarcerated in the ...Read Review
By Jennifer Egan -
The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan is quite a change from A Visit from the Goon Squad. In Manhattan Beach, the ...Read Review
By Gyles Brandreth -
This is the seventh in Brandreth’s popular series featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. Having met in 1889, these rather different personalities ...Read Review
By Rosie Goodwin -
Ginny Thursday loses her mother and three siblings when a ferocious ‘flu epidemic sweeps through Nuneaton in the English Midlands in 1860. Her father, ...Read Review
By Frank Gilman -
Arthur Shaw, an impecunious writer, meets and subsequently falls in love with Josephine Bradman during London’s (fictional) Great Storm of 1893. While attending ...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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