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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 Emma Brodie -
Amidst sex, drugs, and rock and roll, a star is born … In her accomplished debut novel, Emma Brodie whisks us to another world. ...Read Review
By James Ellroy -
Freddy Otash, ex-marine drill instructor in WWII and all-around tough guy, becomes an LA cop. He and his fellow police surveil, arrest and ...Read Review
By Jonathan Lee -
On Friday, November 13, 1903, a man accosts Andrew Haswell Green in front of his Park Avenue home and shoots him dead. All New York ...Read Review
By Maggie Shipstead -
Great Circle is a richly spacious novel about a bold female pilot who feels simultaneously larger-than-life and intimately real. Marian Graves leaves behind ...Read Review
By William Boyd -
Part of the initial pleasure of Trio, set in Brighton, England and Paris in 1968, is puzzling out the title’s significance. Boyd may ...Read Review
By Lauren Fox -
In Feldenheim, Germany, just before WWII, young Annelise works in her Jewish family’s bakery. She falls in love and marries an older, ...Read Review
By Maggie O'Farrell -
This is the passionate love story of a glove-maker’s son and Agnes, a wise-woman. It is the tale of an absentee father, ...Read Review
By Graham Swift -
Set during the summer of 1959 in the seaside town of Brighton, England, this novel tells the story of three main characters. Jack Robinson ...Read Review
By Robert Harris -
Set in 1944, with the war in Europe going badly for Hitler, this new historical thriller by Robert Harris follows two main characters. Rudi ...Read Review
By Julian Barnes -
Inspired by a John Singer Sargent portrait, Barnes’ most recent book of non-fiction explores the life of Dr Samuel Pozzi, celebrity doctor and ...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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