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By Maurice Kanareck -
98k by Maurice Kanareck is an immaculately researched and very knowledgeable book about the story of one iconic rifle. From 1938 to 1982, the rifle ...Read Review
By Jessica Markwell -
Dappled Light by Jessica Markwell is a well-written and complex novel, comprising four separate narratives that begin in Scotland and Africa in 1860, and ...Read Review
By Mick Lee -
Published 2013Published 2013-12-13
The Men who Robbed the Great Train Robbers is a thriller based on the famous and historic British mail train robbery of 1963. The ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Braun -
28 Bunkers by Elizabeth Braun is an immaculately researched WWII drama about the Allied bombings of Ludwigshafen, an industrial city in Germany. Told in ...Read Review
By Tom Glaser -
Kill Hitler by Tom Glaser is an ambitious historical novel about a fictitious plot to assassinate Hitler at an opera performance at the ...Read Review
By Paul Grieve -
Upon a Wheel of Fire is a thoughtful, era-spanning, epic novel that moves from WW1 through the interwar years to WW2 in Europe ...Read Review
By David Leggat -
The Kennedy Kill by David Leggat is a cleverly plotted and gripping spy thriller that spans the period between 1939 and 2009. It provides an ...Read Review
By Robert Ferguson -
Sacred Mountain by Robert Ferguson is a well-written and interesting story with two parallel narratives, one set in Burma 1943 and one in Nepal ...Read Review
By Cecil Jenkins -
Dora Versus Picasso is an insightful and well researched historical novel that explores the relationship between the painter, Picasso, and one of his ‘...Read Review
By Carol Edgerley -
Claire by Carol Edgerley describes the life and loves of Claire O’Hara, a young woman living in colonial India in the 1910s. ...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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