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By Mary Gordon -
Author/memoirist Gordon’s award-winning fiction often focuses on generational tensions and damage, and particularly the fraught relationships between mothers and daughters. She ...Read Review
By Daniel Kehlmann -
Tyll Ulenspiegel was a German jester and trickster, and legend places his death in 1350. In this novel the German author Daniel Kehlmann has ...Read Review
By Dexter Palmer -
Popular 18th-century medical theory espouses the idea that a woman’s mind – what she sees and what her thoughts dwell upon – can have ...Read Review
By Linda Spalding -
In Spalding’s excellent fifth novel (after The Purchase, 2013), John, a white man, and Bry, a black man, struggle with the onus of ...Read Review
By Rachel Seiffert -
A small, unnamed town in Ukraine on the periphery of extensive marshlands in the autumn of 1941 is under German occupation. One foggy morning, ...Read Review
By Victor Sebestyen -
When I first saw this door-stopper of a biography I reached for my diary to search out a good stretch of time in ...Read Review
By Mary Gordon -
In 1937, a year into the Spanish Civil War, New Yorkers Marian and Russell are on board the SS Normandie on their way to ...Read Review
By David McKay (trans.) - By Stefan Hertmans -
Classified as fiction, this fascinating book seems to be a hybrid of memoir, biography and fiction. The author’s subject is his grandfather, ...Read Review
By Carrie Brown -
Carrie Brown’s seventh novel, The Stargazer’s Sister, is the richly-told tale of Caroline Herschel, sister of the famous astronomer, William Herschel, ...Read Review
By Peter Behrens -
Before the First World War, young Billy Lange is captivated by a family friend, Karin Weinbrenner. In the novel’s opening lines, he ...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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