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By Diana Bretherick -
Set in wintry 1887 Turin, this blockbuster follows James Murray, a young Scottish doctor in training with eminent, medico-crime expert, Cesare Lombroso. It is ...Read Review
By Lydia Syson -
In a story of young loves lost in the Spanish Civil War, Felicity and Nat meet at Mosley’s 1936 Black Shirt march in ...Read Review
By Ann Cliff -
This is a fine Victorian novel with action, intrigue, big houses and hardworking Yorkshire folk. It starts predictably with a brutal landlord and ...Read Review
By Edward Marston -
If you like a Victorian detective whodunit set in a railway background, largely around Exeter (UK) St David’s GWR train station, then ...Read Review
By Aly Monroe -
This book is a cracking political thriller. Set in 1946 blitzed London, Icelight has fast action, resilient characters and sparkling period feeling. The hero, ...Read Review
By Carole Llewellyn -
Crossing on the Titanic to see her sister on the New York stage, a young mother, Mair (the heroine of the story); her ...Read Review
By Sasha Gould -
Venice, 1585. Confined to a convent for the six years since her mother’s death, 16-year-old Laura lives for her memories of her happy ...Read Review
By David Barry -
A brilliant, fast, enjoyable read, this shows the ever optimistic Wilkins Micawber and family under hard times in Australia, in the Melbourne mud ...Read Review
By Beryl Kingston -
Set in York, England, from 1830, this book is mainly a true account of George Hudson, the most remarkable rogue of the Victorian railway ...Read Review
By M Stanford-Smith -
We have, in the first pages, a host of people of varying social position with confusing names, firmly in the writer’s mind ...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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