Harvill Secker

The Traitor’s Niche

By Ismail Kadare - By John Hodgson (trans.) - Published 2017



The book opens at the heart of the Ottoman Empire. We are in a square in the ancient Imperial capital; and in this ...Read Review

The Comet Seekers

By Helen Sedgwick - Published 2016


This spellbinding debut novel encompasses the past, present and future of two unexpected lovers whose lives and relationships are intertwined with the passing ...Read Review

War and Turpentine

By David McKay (trans.) - By Stefan Hertmans - Published 2016


Biographical FictionLiterary

Classified as fiction, this fascinating book seems to be a hybrid of memoir, biography and fiction. The author’s subject is his grandfather, ...Read Review

A Rising Man

By Abir Mukherjee - Published 2016



Calcutta in 1919: Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective, has arrived in Calcutta to head up a new post in the police ...Read Review

Sudden Death

By Alvaro Enrigue - By Natasha Wimmer (trans.) - Published 2016



This is a novel which is gloriously and provocatively impossible to classify. If the author did not himself refer to it as a ...Read Review

The Dust that Falls from Dreams

By Louis de Bernières - Published 2015



The beginning of the novel is somewhat ominously familiar: a perfect English setting in the early years of the 20th century, which is ...Read Review

Little Aunt Crane

By Esther Tyldesley (trans.) - By Geling Yan - Published 2015



Following the defeat of Japan in 1945, sixteen-year-old Tatsuru flees the mass suicides of Japanese communities in Manchuria and is sold into slavery to ...Read Review

The Last Bookaneer

By Matthew Pearl - Published 2015



Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club, has created a unique literary adventure. For over a century, non-restrictive copyright laws have allowed the ...Read Review

We That Are Left

By Clare Clark - Published 2015


This is Clare Clark’s fifth novel – all have been historical tales reviewed by the HNS – and this is another engagingly narrated story. ...Read Review


By Anthea Bell (trans.) - By Julia Franck - Published 2014


This novel is mostly set in a West Berlin transit hostel in the late 1970s. The inmates, a motley group, have sought asylum ...Read Review