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By Louise Fein -
This story of star-crossed lovers in Leipzig, Germany during 1929-1939 begins with Hetty Heinrich as a child being rescued from drowning by her ...Read Review
By Martin Edwards -
Martin Edwards describes his book as a homage to the Golden Age of English detective fiction, which flourished in the inter-war years and ...Read Review
By David Gilman -
Winter 1362. After years of campaigning, Thomas Blackstone, a common archer who was knighted at Crecy, has risen to become Edward III’s Master ...Read Review
By Alrene Hughes -
This sweet historical romance is set in wartime Manchester. Newlywed Helen Harrison’s firefighter husband Jim has been killed during a bombing raid’...Read Review
By M.R.C. Kasasian -
A woman police inspector in rural England in 1940 might seem the ultimate in radical feminism, but here all familiarity ends. Inspector Betty Church ...Read Review
By Matteo Strukul -
Florence, 1429. Giovanni de Medici is dying. His sons Cosimo and Lorenzo gather with the rest of the family at his bedside. The fate ...Read Review
By Edgardo Franzosini -
This is a prize-winning fictionalised biography of the sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916). In his brief life Bugatti created over 300 bronzes, nearly all animal ...Read Review
By Mary Gibson -
A Sister’s Struggle is a family saga about life in east London in the 1930s. It differs from many similar sagas in ...Read Review
By Caro Fraser -
I appreciate that it is often the publisher rather than the author who chooses the title for a book and for commercial rather ...Read Review
By Lewis Shiner -
This is a long book, over 900 pages, but if like me you grew up listening to West Coast rock bands like The Grateful ...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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