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HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. Our ARA and Saudi awards are amongst the most generous of all literary prizes.
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 Carol Edgarian -
It’s no spoiler to reveal that the defining event of this lovely, constantly surprising novel is the great San Francisco earthquake and ...Read Review
By Pete Beatty -
In 1837, a twenty-four-year old young man known as Big Son is primarily known for the development of the small town of Ohio City, ...Read Review
By Martha McPhee -
Needing money to fund their mother’s long-term care, Isadora and her sisters meet at their family home to prepare for its sale. ...Read Review
By Myla Goldberg -
Lillian Preston is a woman driven to capture her unique world vision through the lens of her camera. In 1953, the seventeen-year old abandons ...Read Review
By Carys Davies -
This slim volume houses a simple “journey” plot within an incredibly nuanced presentation. Sometime after the Lewis and Clark Expedition, widower Cyrus Bellman ...Read Review
By Nick Dybek -
This novel switches back and forth between California in 1950 and France and Italy as they recover from war in 1921. The title refers to ...Read Review
By A. J. Pearce -
London, 1942. Emmy Lakes is an eager young woman who aspires to be a journalist tackling the hard issues of the day. She shares ...Read Review
By John Edgar Wideman -
In his new short story collection, American Histories, John Edgar Wideman explores current situations by delving into the past, a sort of marriage ...Read Review
By Jennifer Egan -
The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan is quite a change from A Visit from the Goon Squad. In Manhattan Beach, 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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