Janet Hancock

Only the Dead: A Levantine Tragedy

By T.J. Gorton - Published 2019

Genres:

Literary

In 1980s war-torn Beirut, Vartan Nakashian, two years older than the century, sits reading Persian poetry among the disintegration of his home. He ...Read Review

A Bitter Harvest

By Charles Ellingworth - Published 2019

Genres:

Saga

I was looking forward to this book: 1919, the Great War is over, but a generation of men have been killed or wounded, and ...Read Review

The White Crucifixion

By Michael Dean - Published 2018

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

The cover describes this book as “a novel about Marc Chagall”. The title refers to a painting Chagall did in Paris following a ...Read Review

The Seamstress of Ourfa

By Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss - Published 2018

Genres:

Saga

This beautiful book is the first of a trilogy focussing on four generations of Armenian women. The author has based the story on ...Read Review

Shtetl Love Song

By Grigory Kanovich - By Yisrael Elliot Cohen (trans.) - Published 2017

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Set in rural Lithuania between the two World Wars, this book combines affection, humour, and observation. The author is possibly the only writer ...Read Review

The Russian Countess: Escaping Revolutionary Russia

By Edith Sollohub - Published 2017Published c2009

Genres:

Nonfiction

Impress Books have reissued this memoir, first published in 2009, to mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Edith Sollohub was born in 1886 into ...Read Review

Sometimes a River Song

By Avril Joy - Published 2017

Genres:

Literary

The river of the title is a tributary of the Mississippi. The book opens with “River in our blood”, a monologue in the ...Read Review

Under a Pole Star

By Stef Penney - Published 2016

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This book has the makings of a five-star screen weepy in the vein of M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans. Flora ...Read Review

The Vanishing Futurist

By Charlotte Hobson - Published 2016

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This debut novel covers ground familiar in historical fiction – the years before and after the 1917 Russian revolution – but comes at it from an ...Read Review

Stalin’s Daughter

By Rosemary Sullivan - Published 2015

Genres:

Nonfiction

Born in 1926, Svetlana Stalina was raised in the Kremlin. When she was six, her mother committed suicide. Relatives were executed in the purges; ...Read Review