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By Yuval Noah Harari -
Published 2014 (UK)Published 2015 (US)
Occasionally there are books published which simply demand the reader to take a new look on life. This is one – the reader may ...Read Review
By Anthea Bell (trans.) - By Julia Franck -
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and brother and sister Thomas and Ella are growing up ...Read Review
By Henning Mankell -
The famed author of the popular Kurt Wallender series takes a real-life historical tidbit and expands it into a meaty novel of colonialism, ...Read Review
By Stuart Neville -
Ireland, in the summer of 1963, is preparing for a visit from U.S. President John F. Kennedy when a series of murders draws ...Read Review
By Andre Brink -
Published 2012Published 2013
Philida is a knitting girl, a slave in the household of Cornelis Brink whose job is to knit clothes for the family. She ...Read Review
By Bernard Atxaga - By Margaret Jull Costa (trans.) -
The Belgian occupation of the Congo was one of the bloodiest, cruelest events in modern history, a fact reflected in the title of ...Read Review
By José Saramago - By Margaret Jull Costa (trans.) -
Nobel Prize Laureate José Saramago’s (1922-2010) most autobiographical novel opens with the statement “I was born in a family of landless peasants.” ...Read Review
By Clare Clark -
London, 1887. The country is absorbed by Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show, with an economic recession causing ...Read Review
By Laurent Binet - By Sam Taylor (trans.) -
HHhH (“Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” that is, “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”) tells the thrilling story of Slovak Jozef Gabćik and ...Read Review
By Andrea Eames -
According to my library book group, readers either liked or hated The White Shadow. I can understand that. It is set in Rhodesia (...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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