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HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. Our ARA and Saudi awards are amongst the most generous of all literary prizes.
By Pamela Oldfield -
This is a well-constructed novel with plenty going on as the excellently drawn characters interact in a Kent village and in London. The ...Read Review
By Graham Ison -
This is a most enjoyable police procedural, fast paced and easy to follow, an expert piece with a clever subtlety reminiscent of Sherlock ...Read Review
By Lilian Harry -
This well-crafted, heart warming, page-turning story is a light rustic romance, set in the Devon of 1952. Interwoven sub-plots of three or four coincident ...Read Review
By Jeannie Johnson -
In war-torn 1940s Bristol, England, Mary Anne’s pawnshop home is burnt down while her son and daughter are in the forces. She ...Read Review
By Jeannie Johnson -
This is a gritty saga set in Bristol at the start of WW2. It immediately draws the reader in as sons leave to ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Gill -
In 1944, when Jaime Gray is killed in an air raid, life is turned upside down for his wife, Ailsa, and their two children. ...Read Review
By Margaret Bacon -
This novel, by an author new to me, set in fictitious Yorkshire towns in World War Two and beyond is a nostalgic breath ...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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