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By Elizabeth Wilson -
In 1951, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, both high-level British diplomats, were exposed as Soviet spies and fled to Moscow. At the same time, ...Read Review
By Jo Walton -
Jo Walton’s 2006 novel, now reissued in paperback, is set in a counter-historical Britain of the late 1940s. It is both a traditional “...Read Review
By Herta Müller - By Philip Boehm (trans.) -
The fact that this book’s German title, Atemschaukel, translates as something like “Breath Swing,” while the British edition is titled Everything I ...Read Review
By James Forrester -
This is the first volume in a trilogy of political thrillers set in Elizabethan England. The protagonist, William Harley, although a Catholic under ...Read Review
By Beryl Bainbridge -
Published 2002Published 2012
This is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic, originally published in 1996 and now reissued, as have been so many other ...Read Review
By Jean-Marie Déguignet - By Linda Asher (trans.) -
In the 1970s, a handwritten manuscript of some 4,000 pages (of which only a small portion was previously known) came to light in the ...Read Review
By Stacy Carlson -
This beautifully written literary novel takes us inside the strange, claustrophobic world of P.T. Barnum’s Museum of Wonders – that is, strange ...Read Review
By Bernadette Pajer -
Pajer’s debut novel, the first in a proposed series, introduces us to an unlikely sleuth. Benjamin Bradshaw is a professor of electrical ...Read Review
By Erik Larson -
“Once, at the dawn of a very dark time, an American father and daughter found themselves suddenly transported from their snug home in ...Read Review
By Daniel Okrent -
When Wayne B. Wheeler died in 1927, an obituary in the Washington Post stated, “No other private citizen of the United States has left ...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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