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By Anthea Bell (trans.) - By Julia Franck -
Eastern Germany at the end of the Second World War. The story starts with a young boy, Peter, being abandoned by his mother ...Read Review
By George Orwell - By Peter Davison (ed) -
This collection of eleven of Orwell’s diaries, from 1931 to 1949, is a treasure, both for the historical and literary researcher and the lay ...Read Review
By Giulio Leoni -
1240, Florence. In this, the second of the Dante mysteries, the poet finds a galley beached by the river Arno; all the crew are ...Read Review
By Matthew Pearl -
Charles Dickens has just died, and his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is unfinished. Boston publisher James R Osgood is expecting ...Read Review
By Robert Masello -
Photo-journalist Michael Wilde, tormented by guilt and grief, takes on an assignment in the Antarctic, a chance to abandon the intolerable circumstances of ...Read Review
If you love reading Charles Dickens, this novel will be heaven-sent. If you’re not a big fan of Dickens, you will be ...Read Review
By Will Ferguson -
$panish Fly (the dollar sign indicates the main characters’ preoccupation) is set in 1939, in the ‘dustbowl’ of the south-eastern United States, memorably portrayed ...Read Review
By Douglas Galbraith -
1915. America is debating its response to the war in Europe. Enter Henry Ford, self-made billionaire and owner of the Ford Motor Company. ...Read Review
By Samantha Hunt -
In 1943 Louisa and her father Walter live alone in a house in Hell’s Kitchen. Louisa is a chambermaid at the Hotel ...Read Review
By Carl-Johan Vallgren (trans. Sarah Death) -
Josef Nikolai Rubashov, the eponymous inveterate gambler, plays a somewhat dangerous game of poker with the Devil on New Year’s Eve 1899 in ...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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