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By Vaseem Khan -
Bombay around 1950. A famous scholar has gone missing leaving behind fiendish riddles and clues as to the whereabouts of himself and an extremely ...Read Review
By Francis Walder -
This slender novel, originally published in 1958 and newly translated, is not a run-of-the-mill plot, characters, and description type of book. It focuses on ...Read Review
By James Stejskal -
In Berlin in 1979, the division between East and West is stark and uncompromising – different ideologies, ways of life, levels of comfort and affluence. ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
1942. The King’s brother, Prince George, Duke of Kent, is killed in a mysterious air crash in the north of Scotland, but was ...Read Review
By Suzannah Dunn -
This is very much a novel which demonstrates the experience and perspective of history from below. Royalty, in this case Queen Mary the ...Read Review
By Zoe Somerville -
Norfolk, 1952. The war is over, but its shadow is still very much in evidence. The nearby airbase and the mysterious American soldier, Jack, ...Read Review
By Lawrence Scott -
This isn’t a typical novel about slavery. It is a fictional portrayal of a real figure, Dido, the daughter of an African ...Read Review
By Stacey Halls -
In 1748, Bessie Bright gives birth to an illegitimate daughter, Clara. Due to her poverty-stricken circumstances, she is forced to leave the newborn at ...Read Review
By Nancy Bilyeau -
Heiress Peggy Batternberg is forced by her rich and powerful family to spend the summer on Coney Island. This may not sound like ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
Tom Wilde, American professor resident in Cambridge, UK, occasional secret agent and despiser of all things Nazi, now appears in this, the fourth ...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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