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By Anika Scott -
If you can’t trust your sister, who can you trust? If you can’t trust your own government, your lover, your superiors, ...Read Review
By John Spurling -
Does the world really need another retelling of the classic Greek myths? When it comes from renowned historical novelist John Spurling, the answer ...Read Review
By Catherine Clover -
This second instalment of the memoirs of Lady Isabella d’Albret Courteault starts in 1453, in South Wales after Isabella has just said farewell ...Read Review
By Anna Abney -
1665: Charles II has returned from exile and is now king, but the Civil War still casts its long, dark shadow, intensified by the ...Read Review
By A. J. West -
Set in Ireland between 1914 and 1920, The Spirit Engineer is based on the true story of William Jackson Crawford and his encounters with the ...Read Review
By Debra Barnes -
Even before the outbreak of World War II, the Laskowski children’s lives aren’t easy. Their parents are Polish Jews who have ...Read Review
By Nicola Upson -
Stanley and Elsie is the story of the artist Stanley Spencer, told mostly through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie Munday. It focuses ...Read Review
By Victoria Glendinning -
Agnes Peppin, the butcher’s daughter of the title, has been caught in the age-old way of young women. Forced to leave behind ...Read Review
By Annelise Freisenbruch -
Hortensia is the daughter of a renowned orator and lawyer. She has been taught by her father in his art and utilizes this ...Read Review
By Kate Howard -
In 16th-century Italy, two women rejected by their families weave in and out of each other’s lives in this novel about 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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