Annie Garthwaite

  • 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 blood and exhilaration 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. A school-girl interest in medieval history became a lifelong obsession with Cecily Neville, so, at age fifty-five, she enrolled on the Warwick Writing MA programme. Three years later, this extraordinary novel is the result. During a thirty-year international business career she frequently found herself the only woman at the table, which gave her valuable insights into how a woman like Cecily might have operated. She lives with her partner near the Yorkist stronghold of Ludlow.

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