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By Emma Henderson -
The Valentine house, a wooden chalet overlooking the valley of Hext in the French Alps, is given the Greek name “Arete” (meaning excellence ...Read Review
By Ned Beauman -
This book opens in 1938 Manhattan, where a wrestler struggles with an octopus in a water-filled tank. From there we quickly move on to ...Read Review
By Sheila Llewellyn -
This is a shocking book, and I hope you will read it and be suitably shocked. It is set in a military psychiatric ...Read Review
By Davina Langdale -
This is a dazzling debut about a young man in 1860s California. John Evert Burn is 16 when his ranch is attacked, his mother ...Read Review
By Jake Arnott -
London, the 1720s. The underworld here is known as ‘Romeville’, while the scaffold at Tyburn is ‘The Fatal Tree’. This is the story ...Read Review
By Sjón - By Victoria Cribb (trans.) -
This is a very short book, short even for a novella, translated from the Icelandic and set during the 1918 influenza epidemic in Reykjavik. ...Read Review
By Peter Ho Davies -
This four-part literary blend of fact and fiction powerfully lays out the Chinese-American experience. In the 1860s, Ah Ling, son of a “ghost” (...Read Review
By Thomas Keneally -
Published 2015Published 2016
The story of Napoleon’s last years on Saint Helena is more legend than history to anyone who has studied history from an ...Read Review
By Chris Cleave -
This is a serious book about serious themes in serious times, written in a tragicomic style which easily lapses into facetiousness. It took ...Read Review
By Melvyn Bragg -
This magnificent novel of epic scope focuses on the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381: England’s largest popular uprising and the closest the country has ...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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