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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 Alison MacLeod -
D.H. Lawrence, Jackie Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover might seem unlikely bedfellows, but in this wonderfully compelling novel, their stories are interwoven ...Read Review
By Alexander Grigorenko -
This is historical fiction/fantasy to the extent that it claims to be based on an oral tradition. Mebet is a hunter living ...Read Review
By Nazareth Seferian (trans.) - By Susanna Harutyunyan -
Susanna Harutyunyan (b. 1963) is one of Armenia’s most acclaimed writers. This novel is a complex, multi-layered work that chronicles some of the ...Read Review
By Anatoly Kudryavitsky - By Carol Ermakova (trans.) -
Konstantin Alpheyev, a musicologist, finds himself in trouble with the KGB after the death of his girlfriend, in which it appears one of ...Read Review
By Andriy Kokotiukha -
This Ukrainian crime novel requires at least some knowledge of the time and place in which it is set, so it is worth ...Read Review
By Novikov Dmitry -
This is a novel about the Russian North, the land of the Pomors, a landscape of lakes and forests, bears and fish, where ...Read Review
By Nicholas Kotar (trans.) - By Zakhar Prilepin -
Solovki. The first Soviet labour camp on an island in the White Sea, the blueprint for what became the Gulag. Originally planned as ...Read Review
By Carol Ermakova (trans.) - By Elena Chizhova -
Little Zinnobers is not an easy read and presents many challenges, especially to an English-speaking readership. Even the title is problematic, coming from ...Read Review
By Ak Welsapar - By Richard Govett (trans.) -
The Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery in Moscow specialises in the heart problems of young people. The narrator Nazarli arrives from his native Turkmenistan ...Read Review
By Alexander Zvyagintsev -
The Nuremberg Trials are about to begin, and the victorious nations are determined that the Nazis will be brought to justice. The USSR’...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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