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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 Charlotte Betts -
It’s 1819, and young Englishwoman Emilia Barton is growing impatient of her unsettled life, traveling up and down Italy as an itinerant dressmaker—...Read Review
By Jody Shields -
1910: As winter approaches, two frozen bodies are found near the railroad station in the city of Kharbin, a Russian outpost in northern Manchuria. ...Read Review
By Lesley Adkins - By Roy Adkins -
This book is fascinating. It’s excellently well written, painting the characters involved in a very engaging way—one of those superbly done ...Read Review
By Janet Fitch -
The Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath are explored in this lengthy, poetic novel by the author of White Oleander and Paint It ...Read Review
By Thomas Mullen -
1950: In segregated Atlanta, a few black families buy homes in policeman Danny Rakestraw’s all white sub-division. “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy ...Read Review
By Joanna Scott -
The punning title of this sharp and clever novel hints at its complexity: it explores the interconnected personal and professional lives of four 20...Read Review
By Emily Holleman -
Book two of Holleman’s Fall of Egypt series (after Cleopatra’s Shadows) is told from the points of view of Cleopatra’s ...Read Review
By Linnea Hartsuyker -
It is 9th-century Norway, and the Vikings are sailing, raiding, battling, and attending the gathering of peoples known as the Thing. Ragnvald Eysteinsson, ...Read Review
By Hannah Kent -
A small village in early 19th-century Ireland is featured in this rustic tale of superstition and folklore. Nóra Leahy’s newly motherless ...Read Review
By Paul Lynch -
This is a heartbreaking novel of strength and survival set during the potato harvest of 1845 and the beginning of the Great Famine. Grace, ...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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