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By Carole Llewellyn -
Set in Luton, a market town just north of London, Women of Straw centres on the straw hat industry of the late 1860s. ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Jackson -
We start with a love triangle. Beautiful gypsy girl Florence has two suitors: the flamboyant and rather raffish lord of the manor, Garrett, ...Read Review
By Roberta Grieve -
In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst set up the Women’s Suffrage Movement to campaign for votes for women, and their stories are well known, but ...Read Review
By Gwen Kirkwood -
Gwen Kirkwood’s latest novel continues the story of William and Emma begun in Moorland Mist, and sees the young couple settling and ...Read Review
By Beth Andrews -
Love and Friendship was written when Jane Austen was 14 and foreshadows the conflict between moral obligation and individual desire which permeates many of ...Read Review
By Ann Cliff -
As always with Robert Hale books, this is splendidly produced with a well-chosen typeface and a pleasure to (be)hold. Setting her novel ...Read Review
By Ann Barker -
Imperfect Pretence is Ann Barker’s eighteenth novel, and she obviously knows the period well, although I was dubious about two women dining ...Read Review
By Edward Taylor -
Victorian London. A serial killer is stalking Hampstead Heath, killing an apparently random victim every month with a single knife thrust, sowing terror ...Read Review
By Seamas Duffy -
One of the most beloved and well-known literary figures of all time is once again back to solve more mysterious crimes with his ...Read Review
By Millie Vigor -
This is one of the best family stories I have read this year. Set in the Shetland Isles in the 1970s when the ...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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