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By Jamie Lee Searle (trans.) - By Melanie Levensohn -
It is 1940, and Judith lives with her mother in a small flat in Paris. She is a student at the Sorbonne and works ...Read Review
By Michelle Rawlins -
It is 1940, and a group of women have bonded over their work for the Vickers steel factory in Sheffield. Their men are away ...Read Review
By Damian Dibben -
It is 1510, the height of the Venetian Renaissance. Giorgione Barbarelli—known as Zorzo—is a young painter, fired by ambition but on the ...Read Review
By Tricia Cresswell -
In 1838, a woman is discovered close to death on the Northumberland moorland. Joanna (later known as Mrs. Sharp) has no memory of her ...Read Review
By Mandy Robotham -
It is 1942, and Norway is occupied by Nazi troops. In Bergen, Rumi Orlstad is consumed by fury at the death of her fiancé ...Read Review
By Caroline Scott -
Like many women in the 1920s, Esme Nicholls is grieving for her husband, killed in the First World War. The chance to spend ...Read Review
By A. J. West -
Set in Ireland between 1914 and 1920, The Spirit Engineer is based on the true story of William Jackson Crawford and his encounters with the ...Read Review
By Andrew Taylor -
Set in London in 1670, The Royal Secret is the fourth of Andrew Taylor’s novels featuring James Marwood and Cat Hakesby. Marwood is ...Read Review
By Margaret Dickinson -
Secrets at Bletchley Park follows the lives of two very different women from the 1930s to the Second World War. Mattie, living in ...Read Review
By Kate Quinn -
The Rose Code is the story of an unlikely friendship between three very different women working at the Bletchley Park intelligence centre in ...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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