World War II

Wunderland by Jennifer Epstein: Nightmare and Awakening

Only a dwindling group of eighty- and ninety-year-olds can remember Nazi Germany and most of them were children at the time. However, the ...Read Article

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: two American girls sent ‘home’

What is a Nation?  It is an imaginary community which enables us to identify with millions of people whom we have never met ...Read Article

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim: A Tale of Two Sisters, Two Countries, Two Cultures and One Family

“It was the blackest day of my life.” These words astonished author Eugenia Kim, words spoken by her younger sister when asked how ...Read Article

Facts Behind the Fiction: Jennifer Robson’s Goodnight from London

Historical Novels Review’s prolific 20th-century section is proof that WWII-era fiction remains one of the hottest historical subgenres. Jennifer Robson, author of ...Read Article

New Voices: Kate Howard, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Anna Mazzola & Alix Rickloff

Dark secrets, deadly deeds and beauty are tightly interlaced in the novels of debut novelists Kate Howard, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Anna Mazzola and ...Read Article

Fly Past: Writing Brings the Sacrifices & Dreams of the Past to Life

An elderly woman holding on to a secret from her past, one that leaves behind a trail of pain and regret — that was ...Read Article

An Enigma: Bletchley Park as Setting for Lucy Ribchester’s The Amber Shadow

Bletchley Park encompasses a collection of basic huts, a small late Victorian Gothic mansion, and a stable block and cottages on a 58-acre ...Read Article

The Girl From the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love Offers a Unique World War II Story

World War II in Britain is a period that remains very popular among writers, as author Alison Love points out. But with her ...Read Article

New Voices: Hermione Eyre, Mari Griffith, Donald Smith & Lucy Sanna

Debut novelists Hermione Eyre, Mari Griffith, Donald Smith and Lucy Sanna introduce new landscapes and perspectives to readers of historical fiction. When I ...Read Article

Growing Up Fast Under the Nazis: The Holocaust Through Youthful Eyes

November sees the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, when the Nazis orchestrated and encouraged a pogrom against the Jewish population in Germany, their properties ...Read Article