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HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. Our ARA and Saudi awards are amongst the most generous of all literary prizes.
By Ismail Kadare - By John Hodgson (trans.) -
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
By Helen Sedgwick -
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
By David McKay (trans.) - By Stefan Hertmans -
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
By Abir Mukherjee -
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
By Alvaro Enrigue - By Natasha Wimmer (trans.) -
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
By Louis de Bernières -
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
By Esther Tyldesley (trans.) - By Geling Yan -
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
By Matthew Pearl -
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
By Clare Clark -
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 -
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
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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