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By Terry Deary -
1940. The Sheffield steel factories are working flat out for the war effort. So far they haven’t been bombed but there are a ...Read Review
By Chris Bradford -
1612, Japan. This is Jack Fletcher’s second samurai adventure. Now thirteen, he has been adopted by the venerated samurai Matamoto and is now ...Read Review
By Michael Ford -
510 B.C. Ancient Sparta. At the end of the first book in the Spartan Warrior series, Lysander, the half-breed trainee warrior, defeats the ...Read Review
Ancient Sparta. Lysander is a helot – a slave – in Sparta, one of the most ruthless states in the Classical world. All Spartan males ...Read Review
By Catherine Johnson -
London, 1712. Mother Hopkins is the fearsome matriarch of a young criminal gang based in the Nest of Vipers pub. There is Sam, a ...Read Review
By Christopher Russell -
London, 1860s. Eleven-year-old chimney sweep, Jack Tolchard, is inside the well-to-do Shorey family’s chimney. The walls are thin in places, and he ...Read Review
By John Pilkington -
1590s. Twelve-year-old Ben Button, an apprentice actor, is with the acting company Lord Bonner’s Men on their summer tour. Their first stop ...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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