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By Jonathan Lee -
On Friday, November 13, 1903, a man accosts Andrew Haswell Green in front of his Park Avenue home and shoots him dead. All New York ...Read Review
By A. K. BLAKEMORE -
Set in England in 1643, The Manningtree Witches is based on the activities of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witchfinder General. Told through the eyes ...Read Review
By Amy Sackville -
In 1622, the artist Diego Velázquez was summoned to Madrid to paint King Philip IV and his courtiers. He remained a member of ...Read Review
By Carys Davies -
This slim volume houses a simple “journey” plot within an incredibly nuanced presentation. Sometime after the Lewis and Clark Expedition, widower Cyrus Bellman ...Read Review
By Amy Bloom -
Bloom has created an unforgettable voice for journalist Lorena Hickok, as she reminisces about her decades-long love affair with Eleanor Roosevelt. Both women ...Read Review
By Sana Krasikov -
Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn during the Depression for promises of love and a future in accord with her communist idealism in the Soviet ...Read Review
By Ivan Chistyakov -
The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard is a faithful translation of the diary kept by Ivan Chistyakov, a Russian gulag prison guard ...Read Review
By Chinelo Okparanta -
This novel is a gorgeously written homage to love set against the background of Nigeria during a time of civil unrest in the ...Read Review
By Madeleine Thien -
“In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his ...Read Review
By Lorna Gibb -
A Ghost’s Story is an intriguing book, as it presents the tale of Katie King – not a famous medium but a famous ...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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