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By Mike Hollow -
London’s East End in the early years of the Second World War. German bombing raids are increasing on the packed terraced streets ...Read Review
By Ben Schott -
Writing a sequel can be a difficult exercise, more than seems obvious from a cursory consideration of the issue; the writer needs to ...Read Review
By Eley Williams -
Split between the 19th century and present day, this is a delightfully exuberant, playful novel that is difficult to categorise or briefly summarise. ...Read Review
Detective Inspector John Jago is back (the second in the series) in another wartime murder investigation in London’s East End. The body ...Read Review
By Charlotte Betts -
Cornwall in the early 1890s. The story centres on a small group of young, and bohemian art students. Edith and Benedict Fairchild are ...Read Review
By Paulus Hochgatterer -
March 1945, Lower Austria. Cornelia (Nelli) Deinhardt is a thirteen-year-old girl, whose family, it seems, had been killed in an Allied air raid in ...Read Review
By Rose Tremain -
Bath, 1865 – Clorinda Morrissey, aged 38 and a spinster, has left her home of Dublin to try her fortune in England. After unfulfilling and tedious ...Read Review
By Claire Evans -
Whitechapel, London in the winter of 1882. Cage (Micajah) Lackmann is a young-ish barrister, charming, handsome and a poet to boot, who ostensibly makes ...Read Review
By Rachel Rhys -
1957 London. Iris Bailey, a talented amateur portrait artist, is working in a typing pool for a firm of architects when she receives an ...Read Review
By Jim Eldridge -
Private investigators Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton return for their fourth adventure in the series that features murder and mystery in an English ...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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