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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 Linda Colwell -
Linda Colwell has created a memorable villain in the person of Mother Langford. Her gothic vision of the mother-in-law from hell counterbalances the ...Read Review
By Carrie Brown -
Diane Arbus meets Fritz Lang in this World’s Fair as metaphor for life. Carnival freaks are human beings, and human beings ...Read Review
By Michele Jaffe -
Set in Elizabethan London, The Water Nymph is a romantic romp full of espionage and intrigue. Sophie Champion matches wits with Crispin Foscari, ...Read Review
By Kelly Ferjutz Ed. -
There’s a lot to like in these fifteen stories by various authors. The bon ton of the Regency, the cant, the wit ...Read Review
By Stewart O'Nan -
For a historical horror novel set in post-Civil War Wisconsin, A Prayer for the Dying has an experimental prose style: present tense, strong ...Read Review
By John Jakes -
On Secret Service is an informative read that will entertain both men and women. My husband took possession of the book the minute ...Read Review
By Susan Wilson -
Forbidden love that is forever young, wartime romance granted by a passion of place, redeems lovers from sin. After a prologue and framing ...Read Review
By Barbara Hambly -
Big, black, and smart, Ben January signs on as private detective for the man who once owned him and his mother. He’s ...Read Review
By Thomas Sanchez -
Zermano, the Spanish painter who depicted the horror of modern war, not in “Guernica” but in “Archangel Gabriel Flames Down the Sky.” His ...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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