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By Deborah Chancellor -
When fourteen-year old Kit, grieving after his falconer father’s death, deliberately frees his employer’s favourite hawk, he knows he could hang ...Read Review
By Millie Vigor -
This is one of the best family stories I have read this year. Set in the Shetland Isles in the 1970s when the ...Read Review
By Theresa Tomlinson -
This is a welcome story about a little-known period of Saxon history and welcome, too, because of its neglected northern setting where so ...Read Review
By Julia Stoneham -
I believe it was William Golding who, when asked about the rules for good writing replied, there are no rules. I see what ...Read Review
By Marie Philips -
In these dark days it’s a relief to come across a novel providing such fun. Well-written, with a firm grasp of all ...Read Review
By David Hill -
This a real tour de force, a must-read for anybody interested in the beginnings of European settlement in the Great South Land, Australia. ...Read Review
By Emma Barnes -
This is a quiet story although it turns out happily in the end. Any gloom, unfortunately, comes from the protagonist, Megan, who seems ...Read Review
By Bali Rai -
The difficulty with this slim novel is that it falls between two stools. On the one hand, it is a straightforward adventure story; ...Read Review
By Rebecca Stevens -
A time-slip novel featuring a modern teenager and events from the First World War published that such a war ‘must never happen again.’ ...Read Review
By Gerard Siggins -
This story is the second in a series about Eoin, Brian and school rugby in Ireland, the first being Rugby Spirit. I knew ...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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