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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Barbara Durbin -
The Hidden Room follows a Ukrainian family hiding from the Nazis during the last year of World War II. Jacob, his parents, sister ...Read Review
By Donald S. Murray -
Subtitled “An Unreliable Biography,” this indeed tells the story of a most unreliable and slippery artist, Karl Einarsson. Born in Iceland, he grows ...Read Review
By John Agard - By Sophie Bass (illus.) -
The arrival in Britain of people from the Caribbean on the ship the Empire Windrush has been the subject of several recent picture ...Read Review
By Heather Camlot - By Sophie Casson (illus.) -
Captain Alfred Dreyfus, wrongly accused of treason by the French government in 1894, was imprisoned on Devil’s Island, off the South American coast. ...Read Review
By Simon Mawer -
Recent years have seen the growing popularity of what is generally known as auto-fiction, in which the writer utilizes elements of his or ...Read Review
By David Hewson -
Venice was occupied by the Germans in WW2 for only 20 months (September 1943 to April 1945), but the occupation lay heavily upon the city. The ...Read Review
By Anne Perry -
It is 1934, and Britain’s MI6 recognizes that something unfathomable is evolving in Germany as they witness the rise of Adolf Hitler. In ...Read Review
By Libby Ashworth -
1818 Bolton. This second book of The Lancashire Girls series follows Hannah’s struggles to feed her three children. The impoverished wife of a ...Read Review
By D.M. Mahoney -
By November 1941, 17-year-old Frances Finkel has logged more than 2500 hours flying airplanes and has become an expert aircraft mechanic. Her father owns a ...Read Review
By Betsy Göksel (trans.) - By Defne Suman -
Defne Suman is the author of The Silence of Scheherazade, a powerful story about the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the ...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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