Join us in conversation with Annie Garthwaite where we’ll be discussing her breathtaking debut novel CECILY, which reimagines the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York – a mother, wife and shrewd political player in the Wars of the Roses. A ‘top pick’ in both The Times and Sunday Times, this sweeping story takes us through England, France, Ireland and, of course, the Welsh borderlands that were Cecily’s home.
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.