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By Malla Nunn -
South Africa, 1952. Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate the murder of Afrikaner police officer Captain Willem Pretorius in the remote town ...Read Review
By Chiew-Siah Tei -
This is the story of Minghzi, the first grandson of Master Chai, a feudal landlord and opium farmer who is determined that Minghzi ...Read Review
By Dave Boling -
Published 2008Published 2009
In April 1937, the small Spanish town of Guernica, the center of Basque culture and tradition in Spain, was destroyed by German bombers as ...Read Review
By Rabih Alameddine -
As young Osama travels back to war-torn Beirut to his father’s hospital bed, he reflects on the stories that his parents, sister, ...Read Review
By Ellen Feldman -
Published 2007Published 2008
In Alabama in 1931, young people hitching rides on a freight train have a brawl. A group of white boys are driven from ...Read Review
By Mayra Montero (trans. Edith Grossman) -
To young journalist Joaquin Porrata, an assignment writing about a dead hippopotamus seems like another disappointment in a career full of them. Soon, ...Read Review
By Rachael King -
Set in 1903 the book follows the adventures of Thomas Edgar, collector of butterflies, during an expedition to the Amazon, the effects on him, ...Read Review
By Tabish Khair -
In 1947 the subcontinent of India gained independence from Great Britain and religious freedom, resulting in the partition of the Hindu Indian state and ...Read Review
By Sarah Miano -
The subject of Sarah Miano’s second novel is Rembrandt van Rijn. This is by no means a conventional fictional biography of the ...Read Review
By Arabella Edge -
In 1818, under the command of an arrogant and incompetent captain, the Medusa ran aground on a sandbank while en route to Senegal. One ...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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