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By Matilde Asensi -
History is vital to this quirky thriller, which is set in 1920s China. Elvira, a Spanish painter living in Paris, travels to Shanghai ...Read Review
By Diana Gabaldon -
Anyone wondering how to produce authentic fictional characters should pick up Diana Gabaldon’s novels and study closely. One of the most complex ...Read Review
By Maxim Chattam (trans. Susan Dyson) -
Translated from the French, this thriller alternates between present-day France and 1920s Cairo. Marion is whisked away to Mont-Saint-Michel by the French Secret ...Read Review
By Sarah Hall -
Published 2003Published 2006
In 1936, the Cumbrian village of Mardale is selected as the site for the Haweswater reservoir. The people of Manchester are running short on ...Read Review
By Judith Merkle Riley -
The first two novels in Riley’s highly entertaining trilogy about the adventures of Margaret of Ashbury have recently been reissued by Three ...Read Review
By Leslie Epstein -
Think Umberto Eco and Louis de Bernières for the tone, tongue-in-cheek use of language, and somewhat fantastical plotting that makes up The ...Read Review
By Jane Hamilton -
Published 2006 (US)Published 2007 (UK)
In 1940s Chicago, ornithologist Aaron Maciver marries the beautiful, fashion-conscious Madeline. Shortly after their wedding, Madeline suffers a bicycle accident, which leaves her ...Read Review
By Karleen Koen -
Through a Glass Darkly was a book that lingered in the memory: a lush historical setting, carefully created characters, riveting storyline. Now, twenty ...Read Review
By Cesar Aira (trans. Chris Andrews) -
This entertaining novella reads like a short story, in that it focuses on one incident and how that incident affects the story’s ...Read Review
By Alice Greenway -
Some “literary” novels contain rich, descriptive language that might be enjoyable to read but has no real bearing on the story they ...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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