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By Janette Jenkins -
Jamaica 1971, and Sir Noël Coward is in declining health, living out his final years in the sun and heat at his eponymous ...Read Review
By D.J. Taylor -
It is the first few months of the Second World War, and the British are in that curiously suspended situation, wondering when, if ...Read Review
By Jenny Mayhew -
Rural Germany, 1926. Set in an isolated small village, this story relates a series of strange events and the human irrationality and unpleasantness it ...Read Review
By John Boyne -
Norfolk, 1867. Eliza Caine, aged 21, is alone in the world after the sudden death of her father. Still grieving, on a whim she moves ...Read Review
By Carl Watkins -
Until quite recently, the subject of death was not a subject that attracted considerable academic interest. It was left mostly to the church ...Read Review
By Jeanette Winterson -
Published 2012Published 2013
This is a short novel about the infamous hunting down and trial of the Lancashire witches in 1612. Jeanette Winterson admits to being fairly ...Read Review
By Angela Thirkell -
Published ©1931Published 2012
This is a richly nostalgic and evocative account of the writer’s childhood with her younger brother (who also went on to publish ...Read Review
By Kate Atkinson -
Ursula Todd is born in February 1910 to a comfortable middle class family in the ease and seemingly unending stability of England’s Edwardian ...Read Review
By Robert Edric -
London in the spring of 1945, and the country is starting to think about the ending of the Second World War, and what this ...Read Review
By Anthony Quinn -
London 1882, and the young David Wildeblood starts work on Henry Marchmont’s staff as researcher/journalist on the weekly publication The Labouring Classes ...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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