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By Cecily Blench -
Rangoon, Burma, in 1941, and Kate Girton works as a school inspector for the British colonial government. Kate has fled grief in England, and ...Read Review
By Christina Courtenay -
In 2021, Sara Mattsson, a York silversmith, pulls a seax – a short sword – from an archaeological dig. She reads its runic inscription and is ...Read Review
By Alistair Moffat -
Having enjoyed several of Alistair Moffat’s “straight” history books, I was interested to read his first piece of fiction. He begins in ...Read Review
By Piero San Giorgio -
Imagine you could go to your grandfather – or great grandfather – and say, “Tell me about the war”. And he organised his thoughts, and ...Read Review
By Jenni Fletcher -
In 1325, as a favour to her loyal but impoverished father, dowry-less Matilde becomes lady-in-waiting to Edward II’s queen, Isabella. The Queen is ...Read Review
By Anne O’Brien -
This book charts a clear-sighted path through the complexities of the Wars of the Roses, shown through the lens of family loyalty. The ...Read Review
By Dawson - By Jeff -
This novel opens in New York in 1904, with the sinking of PS General Slocum. Over a thousand members of a Lutheran church drowned, ...Read Review
By S.J.A. Turney -
Northern Spain, 1212. Following victory at the Battle of Navas, three Templar Knights return to their home preceptory of Rourell. But all is not ...Read Review
By Tracey Warr -
As the priest pronounces Nest married to a man she doesn’t want, her dead lover appears. But this is the 12th century, ...Read Review
By Colin W. Sargent -
Red Hands opens like a thriller, and keeps up the tension, even as the narrative voice of Iordana Borila describes a golden, happy ...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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