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By James Runcie -
Canvey Island is a six-mile by three-mile piece of reclaimed land in the Thames estuary just off the south Essex coast. It was ...Read Review
By Nilita Vachani -
First published novel this may be, but it reads like the work of an accomplished novelist. The prose is tight, word choice exact, ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Maguire -
Constance Fenimore Woolson, the grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper, was a popular novelist and travel writer in the latter half of the 19th ...Read Review
By Angel Wagenstein (trans. Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova) -
In the late 1930s, Jews were fleeing Germany and other European countries; in response to both propaganda and local politics, more destinations began ...Read Review
By Sheila Kohler -
Upon occasion a reviewer is familiar with the source material for a fictional biographical novel, and therefore dreads the transformation from actual to ...Read Review
By Yvette Christiansë -
“I say, life is a disease women get from men.” Readers of Unconfessed will understand Sila Van den Kapp’s misandry. She is ...Read Review
By Reinhard Kaiser (trans. Anthea Bell) -
“I was not looking for stories when I found Rudolph Kaufmann’s first letters to Ingeborg Magnusson – in May, 1991, at a stamp auction ...Read Review
By Myriam Chapman -
Set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this novel begins with the marriage of Nina Schavranski to Abraham Podselver, an ardent ...Read Review
By Gillen D’Arcy Wood -
Set in the 1820s, Hosack’s Folly is an engaging tale that combines themes of political, journalistic, and mercantile skullduggery with a gentle ...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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