Join us to hear about two of the most eagerly awaited historical novels of 2021.
Lucy Jago’s A Net for Small Fishes, is based on the true scandal that rocked the court of James I: an exhilarating dive into the pitch-dark waters of the Jacobean court. Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family – and is the most unhappy creature in the world. Anne Turner has wit and talent – but no stage on which to display them. Little stands between her and the abyss of destitution. When these two very different women meet in the strangest of circumstances, a powerful friendship is sparked. But as they gain notice, they also gain enemies; what began as a search for love and safety leads to desperate acts that could cost them everything.
Natasha Pulley’s The Kingdoms is a dazzling time-slip alternative history that moves between French-occupied London and rebellious Scotland. Joe Tournier, who suffers from memory loss, is sent a postcard of a remote lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides. The lighthouse is new, but the postcard was written nearly 100 years earlier, by a stranger who seems to know him very well. Joe’s journey to unravel the truth will take him back through time in a battle for his life - and for a very different future.
Joe’s journey to unravel the truth will take him from to a remote Scottish island, and back through time itself as he battles for his life – and for a very different future.
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Lucy Jago image copyright Jonathan Ring, Natasha Pulley image copyright Jamie Drew.