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By Ann Featherstone -
Set in the same era and very much in the same style as her earlier novel, Walking in Pimlico, which I reviewed and ...Read Review
By Aly Monroe -
This book is a cracking political thriller. Set in 1946 blitzed London, Icelight has fast action, resilient characters and sparkling period feeling. The hero, ...Read Review
By L.R. Fredericks -
In 1717, on his 17th birthday, Lord Francis Damory discovers a book linking him to his great-great grandfather, Tobias, an alchemist who may yet ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
This is the fourth in Clements’ John Shakespeare series. John is Will’s older brother and an ‘intelligencer’ in the Queen’s service. ...Read Review
By Gyles Brandreth -
Published 2011Published 2012
If the first four novels of Gyles Brandreth’s series of Victorian murder mysteries had never existed to whet our appetites for another ...Read Review
By Sanjida O’Connell -
Sugar Island is inspired by the life of Fanny Kemble – actress, author and anti-slavery activist – and is set in the American South on ...Read Review
By James Jackson -
The last decade of the 13th century sees the Crusader city of Acre awaiting the final onslaught from an overwhelming Saracen army. Benedict, ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
This is the second novel by Clements featuring the Elizabethan ‘intelligencer’, John Shakespeare. His more famous younger brother pops up from time to ...Read Review
By Tom Egeland -
Relic is unashamedly indebted to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, which it lists in its bibliography, along with The Holy Blood and ...Read Review
By Michael Arnold -
When I was at school our history books gave the impression that the English Civil War was a rather gentlemanly affair between romantic ...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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