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By Jean Fullerton -
From an Irish East London wedding to the Battle of Britain, this book shows the Brogan family in love, tragedy and joy in ...Read Review
By Peter Broadbent -
Subtitled ‘A Foundling Aboard HMS Warrior’, this is the fascinating story of a homeless London youth in the mid-Victorian period with an extraordinary ...Read Review
By Olga Swan -
The Vichy government was the collaborationist regime headed by Marechal Petain which was permitted by the Nazis to rule central and southeastern France ...Read Review
By Carole Llewellyn -
Set in Luton, a market town just north of London, Women of Straw centres on the straw hat industry of the late 1860s. ...Read Review
By Barbara Fox -
It is difficult to classify this book. The best description is probably ‘fictionalised biography’ illustrated with actual photographs. It is a book to ...Read Review
By Brian Gallagher -
This is a very special time-slip story, dealing with youthful class and racial tensions. Ciara, a young Irish-Canadian girl, discovers her family history ...Read Review
By Anita Davison -
Never before have I read about a transatlantic crossing with so many murders. In 1902, the Minneapolis, a small cargo and passenger ship passes ...Read Review
By Terry Deary -
The Barrel Burglary is one of a series of World War II tales of ‘exciting, funny stories based on true historical events’. In ...Read Review
By Leslie Parry -
This is a book of hate and violence. Starting in a fairground on New York’s Coney Island in 1895, a mother and her ...Read Review
By Brian Gallagher -
This is a fast moving, exciting, and informative historical novel for twelve- to fourteen-year-olds. The Irish Question is difficult for the rest of ...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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