Category Archives: Historical

Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End by Leif G W Persson

Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End by Leif G W Persson translated by Paul Norlen Black Swan/Transworld 2010 first published in Sweden 2002 Johansson/Jarenberg #1 Reviewed at Petrona, August 2012. Advertisements

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The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach

The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach translated by Anthea Bell Penguin/Michael Joseph 2012 (first published in Germany 2011) Reviewed at Petrona, July 2012.

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A Willing Victim by Laura Wilson

Wilson, Laura – ‘A Willing Victim’ Hardback: 400 pages (Apr. 2012) Publisher: Quercus ISBN: 1849163111 The fourth in the addictive DI Ted Stratton series is set in 1956, at the time of the Suez crisis and the Soviet invasion of Hungary. … Continue reading

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The Other Child by Charlotte Link

Link, Charlotte – ‘The Other Child’ (translated by Stefan Tobler) Hardback: 416 pages (Mar. 2012) Publisher: Orion ISBN: 1409123375 It is unusual to read a book set in England but written by a German author and translated into English. I … Continue reading

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An Honourable Man by Gillian Slovo

An Honourable Man by Gillian Slovo Virago, 2012 Reviewed at Petrona, March 2012.

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Until Thy Wrath be Past by Asa Larsson

Larsson, Asa – ‘Until Thy Wrath Be Past’ (translated by Laurie Thompson) Hardback: 288 pages (Aug. 2011) Publisher: MacLehose Press ISBN: 0857050729 Let me get my verdict on this novel out of the way first: brilliant. It has been a … Continue reading

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Purge by Sofi Oksanen

Purge Sofi Oksanen translated by Lola Rogers (from Finnish) Atlantic, 2011 Reviewed at Petrona, September 2011.

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The Chatelet Apprentice by Jean-Francois Parot

The Châtelet Apprentice by Jean-François Parot translated by Michael Glencross Review posted at Petrona, August 2011.

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The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi Reviewed at Petrona, May 2011. See here for review.

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Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason

Indridason, Arnaldur – ‘Operation Napoleon’ (translated by Victoria Cribb) Paperback: 336 pages (Oct. 2010) Publisher: Harvill Secker ISBN: 1846552850 Ten years ago, Arnaldur Indridason took a break from his excellent series about dour, depressed Icelandic police inspector Erlendur, and published … Continue reading

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