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By A.K. Kulshreshth -
In 2005 Singapore, the elderly Ah Ding is making a precarious living selling packets of tissues in one of modern Singapore’s steel and ...Read Review
By Mel Starr -
This is the latest instalment in a series of mediaeval mysteries starring Hugh Singleton, a surgeon with a second job as the bailiff ...Read Review
By Jean-Luc Fromental - By Miles Hyman -
Former debutante, aspiring actress, and intelligence officer Elizabeth Montagu, now working for Alexander Korda films, is in snowy and gloomy postwar Vienna in 1948. ...Read Review
By Ovidia Yu -
In 1936 in Singapore, teenage orphan Su Lin knows that her uncle wants to give her away in marriage to a suitable husband—that ...Read Review
By Gaye Kynoch (trans.) - By Vibeke Vasbo -
Originally published in Denmark in 1991, this is the life of the Deiran princess Hild and her many changes of fortune until she becomes ...Read Review
By Julie Mayhew -
At some time in the 18th century (annoyingly, the book gives no more specific clue), Mim is a mixed-race teenage girl in a ...Read Review
By David Young -
A sequel to Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf, but one that can stand alone, this novel, set in East Berlin in 1976, once again ...Read Review
By Nicholas Orme -
This is not an architectural history, but instead presents itself as a history of English cathedrals’ “life and activities”, going back to Roman ...Read Review
By L.J. Trafford -
This is the third in a tetralogy set in the Year of the Four Emperors, 69 AD, and follows on from Palatine (HNR 72) and ...Read Review
By Christopher Rush -
This is a new retelling of the Trojan War, centred on the character of Odysseus, and narrated in three different voices: Odysseus himself; ...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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