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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 Mai Al-Nakib -
In 2013, Sara Al-Ameed, a philosophy professor at Kuwait University, is accused of blasphemy and arrested. Eleven years ago, Sara had returned home from ...Read Review
By Derek B. Miller -
As the Second World War looms, a young Jewish boy in the United States, Sheldon Horowitz, loses both his parents, one after the ...Read Review
By Elly Griffiths -
England 1965. Nonagenarian ex-impresario Bert Billington is found poisoned at his retirement home, and in classic who-done-it style, there are enough faces in the ...Read Review
By Nicole Glover -
The Undertakers is book two in Glover’s Black speculative fiction Murder and Magic series. Set with vivid historical detail in post-Civil War ...Read Review
By Amy Stewart -
In this charming seventh volume in the Kopp Sisters series, Amy Stewart tells the story of three unmarried sisters living in New Jersey ...Read Review
By Margaret Verble -
Two Feathers, commonly referred to simply as Two, is a horse-diver in a 1920s zoo and family entertainment park at Glendale in Nashville. ...Read Review
Epistolary novels, perfected in an earlier century, can be daunting. Readers must try to piece together events from the pens of various characters ...Read Review
By Lisa Reinhardt (trans.) - By Oliver Pötzsch -
Oliver Pötzsch weaves a riveting, historical thriller against the backdrop of 1672 Bavaria. Hangman Jakob Kuisl’s family is swept into political intrigue, ...Read Review
By Mark Polizzotti (trans.) - By Patrick Modiano -
Published 2016Published 2016-09-27Published 2017
Years after, the black notebook he kept of his life in 1960s Paris helps a writer put sinister, even violent, events of the ...Read Review
By Andrew O’Hagan -
Published 2001Published 2001-01-01
This beautiful story set in post WWII Scotland is about the “coming of age” of Jamie, a young boy growing up with an ...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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