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By Sarah Dunant -
On the heels of an increased interest in the Borgia family, Dunant follows with her newest novel, an exploration of the House of ...Read Review
By Lori Baker -
The Glass Ocean is a story told in hindsight by orphaned Carlotta Dell’orro, who tells of her birth through her parents’ story. ...Read Review
By Stella Duffy -
Ah, Justinian and Theodora! Two giants of history who stood astride an empire mostly Greek that still thought of itself as “Rome.” Duffy ...Read Review
By Frances Osborne -
This novel has its origins in Frances Osborne’s own family background, and an inevitable comparison to the TV series Downton Abbey will ...Read Review
By Pauline A. Chen -
Pauline Chen brings new life to the Chinese classic work of literature, Dream of the Red Chamber or The Story of the Stone, ...Read Review
By Charlotte Rogan -
We all know the story of the Titanic’s sinking, right down to how the 20 lifeboats bearing 700+ survivors were picked up by the ...Read Review
By Katie Ward -
Ward’s debut novel is a brave, original effort. The concept is irresistible: Seven girls/women read while living out a portion of ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Speller -
Set in post-World War I England, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton is an unconventional but compelling mystery. As with her first book, ...Read Review
By Paula McLain -
Post-World War I, life is grand, and a new breed of writers is just beginning to connect to the muse of creativity that ...Read Review
By Stella Duffy -
What a great subject! There can be few figures as controversial as Theodora, saint to some, sinner to others, whore to most. Stella ...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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