Annie Garthwaite

Cecily
  • Cecily

  • 'Rebellion?'
    The word is a spark. They can start a fire with it, or smother it in their fingertips.
    She chooses to start a fire.

    You are born high, but marry a traitor's son. You bear him twelve children, carry his cause and bury his past.

    You play the game, against enemies who wish you ashes. Slowly, you rise.

    You are Cecily.

    But when the king who governs you proves unfit, what then?

    Loyalty or treason - death may follow both. The board is set. Time to make your first move.

    Told through the eyes of its greatest unknown protagonist, this astonishing debut plunges you into the closed bedchambers and bloody battlefields of the first days of the Wars of the Roses, a war as women fight it.

Annie Garthwaite grew up in a working-class community in the north-east of England. She studied English at the University of Wales before embarking on a thirty-year international business career. In 2017 she returned to her first love, books, and set out to write the story of a woman she had always felt drawn to: Cecily Neville. This became her debut novel, Cecily.

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