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By Jorgen-Frantz Jacobsen -
Barbara is the only novel by Jorgen-Frantz Jacobsen. Set in the 1700s and originally written in Danish, the manuscript was left behind on ...Read Review
By Andrew Crumey -
Whether this qualifies as historical fiction is a moot point: it’s set in multiple pasts, multiverses, spanning the 20th century, from 1913 Paris ...Read Review
By Antonio Pennachi - By Judith Landry (trans.) -
Many dictators from Nero to Napoleon had set out to drain the Italy’s malarial Pontine Marshes, but it was Mussolini who finally ...Read Review
By Antonia Lloyd-Jones (trans.) - By Jacek Dehnel -
This novel is a fictionalised version of the personal life of the great Spanish painter Francisco Goya. It is told through three narrators: ...Read Review
By Jean-Pierre Ohl - By Mike Mitchell (trans.) -
Some books are a real surprise, and this is one of them. What is at heart a detective story becomes in turn a ...Read Review
By Andrew Killeen -
This is a sequel to The Father of Locks (HNR 48 , p. 24). Abu Nuwas the poet, also known as Father of Locks for the ...Read Review
By W. Glyn Jones (trans.) - By William Heinesen -
William Heinesen was a native of the Faeroe Islands – where this book is set – although he wrote in Danish. He was renowned as ...Read Review
By Hugh Lupton -
Very little is known about the early life of John Clare, the ‘peasant poet’ who was a contemporary of Keats and Shelley. But ...Read Review
By Christopher Harris -
In the Italian city of Ancona in 1464, Pope Pius II dies. His mostly loyal English servant Thomas Deerham uses this as an ...Read Review
By Andrew Killeen -
Andrew Killeen’s debut novel introduces us to an engaging and resourceful rogue, the court poet and sometimes spy Abu Nawas, the Father ...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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