Cecily

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‘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.

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‘A startling heroine’ SARAH MOSS

‘A vividly female perspective on the Wars of the Roses’ IMOGEN HERMES GOWER

‘Wolf Hall for the 2020s’ MANDA SCOTT

‘Absorbing’ TIMES
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1431 is a dangerous time for a woman to be defiant.

England has been fighting France for 100 years. At home, power-hungry men within a corrupt government manipulate a weak king – and name Cecily’s husband, York’s loyal duke, an enemy. As the king’s grasp on sanity weakens, plots to destroy York take root…

It will take all of Cecily’s courage and cunning to save her family. But when the will to survive becomes ambition for a crown, will she risk treason to secure it?

Inside closed bedchambers and upon bloody battlefields, CECILY portrays war as women fight it.
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ACCLAIM FOR CECILY – AN EPIC FEMINIST RETELLING OF THE WAR OF THE ROSES

‘Has the new Hilary Mantel arrived?’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Masterful and majestic; England’s unspoken history told by one brilliant woman through the life of another. This important novel blazes on every page from its brutal first scene to its glittering final act’ CHRIS CLEAVE

‘Entirely absorbing and utterly compelling. Fifteenth century England leaps from the page, with all its political turmoil and bloodshed. I loved it’ CAROLINE LEA

‘Cecily stalks the corridors of power like a female Thomas Cromwell. A vividly female perspective on the Wars of the Roses – what a feat’ IMOGEN HERMES GOWER

‘Masterfully written and wholly immersive, with characters that live and breathe. Cecily is a tour de force. I loved every sentence’ JOANNE BURN

‘Annie Garthwaite writes about the past with the sort of intimacy, immediacy and empathy that can only come from graft and craft’ TOBY CLEMENTS

‘BLOODY GREAT. So modern, so political, it could almost be set in Downing Street’
KATE SAWYER

‘An extraordinary achievement . . .I could touch and breathe Cecily’s world as if I was walking in her shadow’ CAROL MCGRATH

‘Impeccably researched, written with style and shot through with energy, heart and power. A perfectly paced tale of intrigue, influence and victory wrenched from defeat. Cecily has been overlooked for centuries. Not anymore’ A J WEST

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Weight 0.611 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.5 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

384

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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