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By Jamie Lee Searle (trans.) - By Melanie Levensohn -
It is 1940, and Judith lives with her mother in a small flat in Paris. She is a student at the Sorbonne and works ...Read Review
By Lola Jaye -
Inspired by a 19th-century photograph of Ndugu M’Hali, this novel quests through colonial genocide and exploitation to tell the fictional life of ...Read Review
By D. V. Bishop -
Florence 1537. Cesare Aldo, Florentine crime-fighter in a city with many factions, is sent to investigate rumours that men have been seen climbing secretly ...Read Review
By Lucy Holland -
It is southwest Britain in the 6th century, and the Saxons are threatening again a generation after they were stopped by Aurelianus’s (...Read Review
By Antonio Iturbe -
Iturbe’s second novel opens at Le Bourget Aerodrome, Paris, in 1922. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s plane is described as an ungainly, oversized ...Read Review
By D. V. Bishop -
Winter, 1536. Cesare Aldo, a former soldier, is now employed by the “Otto”, the most feared criminal court in Florence, currently ruled by Alessandro ...Read Review
By Robert Morrison -
Glasgow 1932: Inspector James Dreghorn and his partner “Bonnie” Archie McDaid investigate two murders, one of a child beaten to death by his father, ...Read Review
By David Baldacci -
After a near-fatal stay in Poca City (in One Good Deed), Aloysius Archer is headed west to become a Private Investigator. He hopes ...Read Review
By Ken Follett -
Over a century before The Pillars of the Earth, the future English cathedral town of Kingsbridge is a mere hamlet with a stone ...Read Review
By Jeffrey Archer -
Having completed his Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer returns this year with a stand-alone novel, Heads You Win. Archer’s latest book explores the ...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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