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By Hannah Kent -
Devotion starts as a beautifully written historical novel, set in Prussia in the 1830s. Hanne is an outsider to her close-knit, highly religious ...Read Review
By Ralf Rothmann - By Shaun Whiteside (trans.) -
Originally written in German, this is an intriguing insight into the final months of the Second World War in Europe through the eyes ...Read Review
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave -
Strasbourg, in the long hot summer of 1518. A woman starts to dance in the market square. The dance is relentless, and soon she ...Read Review
By Kim Leine - By Martin Aitken (trans.) -
When the King of Denmark colonises Greenland in 1728, he forcibly marries military prisoners to street women, then sends them to service a settlement ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Macneal -
Victorian England, 1860s. Nell’s already troubled young life is further ripped apart when her father sells her to Jasper Jupiter—the man ...Read Review
By AJ Pearce -
This charmer of a book is a sequel to Pearce’s bestselling debut novel, Dear Mrs. Bird, and it’s equally delightful. Undaunted ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Macneal -
Set in the 1860s, when the craze for circuses, and particularly “human wonders”, was booming, Macneal’s second novel explores this glamorous, tawdry ...Read Review
By Natalie Haynes -
‘A thousand ships’ conjures up a face familiar to the world, equally admired and derided―that of Helen of Troy. But those thousand ...Read Review
By Emma Donoghue -
This novel is set in Dublin during the Halloween of 1918. Nurse Julia Power finds herself solely in charge of a temporary ward in ...Read Review
By Eric Vuillard -
It is fair to say that in Germany, Thomas Müntzer is a hero of sorts. The 16th-century reformist has been the subject ...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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