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By Robert Macklin -
Few of the thousands who daily travel the 800km road between Sydney and Melbourne are likely to give thought as to how it ...Read Review
By Natasha Lester -
Evelyn Lockhart lives a conservative life in Concord, Massachusetts with her parents and sister. She’s expected to marry her childhood friend Charlie ...Read Review
By Pamela Hart -
Returned Aussie digger Frank waits eagerly on the wharf in Sydney for the arrival of his English bride, Margaret. But she’s not ...Read Review
By Pamela Hart -
Published 2015Published 2016
This book opens in 1915 in the midst of World War I as Jimmy Hawkins is about to be sent away to Gallipoli. Although ...Read Review
By Geraldine Brooks -
King David needs little introduction to those raised in the Judeo-Christian faiths (he’s also a prophet of Islam), but readers without any ...Read Review
By Mara Faye Lethem (trans.) - By Sara Moliner -
Barcelona in 1952. When glamorous widow, Mariona Sobrerroca, is found murdered in her mansion, Inspector Isidro Castro is assigned to the investigation. Young newspaper ...Read Review
By Carrie Snyder -
Aganetha (Aggie) Smart is a fictional Canadian runner who wins the gold medal in the 800-metre race in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. Aggie’...Read Review
By Katherine Webb -
Published 2014Published 2014-11-20
It is a hot summer in Puglia, early 1920s. Socialist and war veteran Ettore labours in the fields helping to support his sister ...Read Review
By Jenny Bond -
In 1933, Iris McIntosh loses her teaching job in Chicago and is forced on the road with thousands of others who are desperate for ...Read Review
By Kimberley Freeman -
Published 2014Published 2015Published 2015-08-04
The setting for this dual-period novel is a grand old spa in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales and is inspired by ...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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