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By Dan Jones -
Published 2022Published 2023
In this novel set during the Hundred Years’ War (July 1346), the “dogs” of the title are a motley band of ten British soldiers, ...Read Review
By Leyna Krow -
In 1889 Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, bored banker Barton Heydale plans to kill himself. But when he goes home to do the deed, a ...Read Review
By Benjamin Wood -
A novel about architecture, ambition, crime and guilt. It takes place in the early 1950s, and is set mainly on the Surrey farm ...Read Review
By Cressida Connolly -
In 1855 William Gale is cradling the head of his dead brother, far from home in the Crimean War. At home, his wife Alice ...Read Review
By Geraldine Brooks -
Brooks succeeds gloriously at creating a love letter to thoroughbred horses, racing, and the beauties of antebellum Kentucky, and passably well at creating ...Read Review
By Beth Underdown -
A gothic tale, set in rural Cornwall over two timelines. In the first, the narrator Ivy is trying to come to terms with ...Read Review
By Nadifa Mohamed -
‘Defend me for what? You can’t get me to worrying,’ says Mahmood Mattan, when offered legal representation after his arrest in Tiger’...Read Review
By Colm Tóibín -
Tóibín’s biographical novel of Thomas Mann begins in the Hanseatic port of Lübeck in 1891, where Thomas, overshadowed in his ...Read Review
By Sunjeev Sahota -
Trauma and endurance form the complex legacy passed on by a young woman, trapped in a loveless marriage in Punjab in 1929, to her ...Read Review
By Amor Towles -
Huckleberry Finn, make way for valiant Emmett Watson. Also, for his bookish little brother Billy, for Duchess, the fatal troublemaker, and for world-wary ...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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