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By Linda Mitchelmore -
To Turn Full Circle is set in a small fishing port in Devon in 1909. Emma Le Goff has recently lost her father, mother ...Read Review
By Annie Groves -
London Belles is the tale of four girls, Tilly, Sally, Dulcie and Agnes, during the Second World War. Olive, Tilly’s mother, decides ...Read Review
By Karen Charlton -
Catching the Eagle is based on a true story of the theft of £1157 from Kirkley Hall in Northumberland in 1809. Aynsley the steward and ...Read Review
By C.C. Humphreys -
The fall of Christian Constantinople to the Turks is a historical fact, but knowing this in no way detracts from the narrative. This ...Read Review
By Judith Barrow -
Mary is a nursing sister at a Lancashire prison for the housing and treatment of German POWs; although her work is hard, she ...Read Review
By Jean Fullerton -
Life has not been easy for Mattie Maguire. Since her husband died, she has struggled to keep the family’s business solvent, as ...Read Review
By Stephen Edden -
In 1087, Thomas the Piper recounts the heartwarming, spellbinding hundred-year history of his family. He comes from a long line of story-weavers and wants ...Read Review
By Margaret Sullivan -
The Jane Austen Handbook is a charming little book. The cream cover and pages, and delightful illustrations, are perfect for the subject matter. ...Read Review
By Marianne Wheelaghan -
In Silesia, Germany, in 1932, Antonia Nasiski is about to celebrate her 12th birthday. Hitler’s Brownshirts are fighting Red Front Marxists in the ...Read Review
By Bernard Cornwell -
The Fort is the story of a battle in the American War of Independence. It took place in the summer of 1779 when a ...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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