Reviews

  • A gripping, complex and sensational story, told with calm narrative command. It's a story we think we know - but most accounts leave the personnel as frozen as portraits in stained glass. Here, the three York brothers spring to ferocious life, and you need strong nerves to meet them. With insight and skill, Penn cuts through the thickets of history to find the heart of these heartless decades.

    Hilary Mantel
  • The Brothers York is not just a magisterial work of sublime scholarship, it's a pure page-turner. I couldn't put it down. The wonderful thing about Thomas Penn is that he makes some of the most familiar stories in English history feel fresh and exciting.

    Amanda Foreman
  • An immense, sinewy political thriller. Thomas Penn has the enviable skill of presenting hard research with a light touch. The Brothers York is savage, exciting, blisteringly good.

    Jessie Childs, author of God’s Traitors
  • Enthralling... Penn captures the weirdness, the ferocity and a glint of unexpected tenderness [on Winter King]

    Hilary Mantel
  • Imagine Wolf Hall rewritten by John le Carré... gripping... a rare achievement [on Winter King]

    Tom Holland
  • Thrilling and sinister [on Winter King]

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Gripping... brilliant... The enigmatic Henry is brought thrillingly to life as one of the most unlikely but tenacious kings ever to wear the English crown. [on Winter King]

    Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph

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