Monthly Archives: May 2015

Our new Princess Charlotte shares her name with one of the most beloved heirs to the British throne

CharlotteWe recently asked one of our historical novelists, Laura Purcell, to write a short piece about the naming of our new princess, and how she shares the name with one of the most beloved heirs to the British throne.

Princess Charlotte of Wales was born on the morning of 7 January 1796, following a ‘terrible hard’ labour. Her birth was much anticipated; despite raising a family of fifteen with his faithful consort, another Charlotte, George III had yet to become grandfather to a legitimate child. He was delighted with the arrival of this little girl, who secured the succession as third in line to the throne. ‘If the Prince of Wales is blessed with such a daughter as mine are to me, he will be a very happy man indeed,’ he wrote.

But all was not as it seemed. Princess Charlotte had arrived in the midst of a failing marriage. Her mother, Caroline, was living a life of slow humiliation. Her indifferent looks and coarse manners had estranged her from Charlotte’s father, who now paraded a mistress before her. Not that the Prince of Wales was without his own troubles. He had illegally married a Catholic widow before Caroline, and the birth of his first child caused a crisis of conscience. He spent the night of Charlotte’s birth writing a wild and passionate Will – one suspects under the influence of much alcohol. In this strange document, he made it very clear that he wanted his new daughter to be protected from what he saw as the evil influence of his wife.

To read Laura’s complete blog post please visit her website here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 10.58.11Laura’s next historical novel, Mistress of the Court, will be released on the 4th August 2015.

“Ms Purcell’s knowledge of the intimate life of the Hanoverians is stunning, and in this novel she has brought a remarkable, and unappreciated heroine to gritty, heart-breaking life.” Anita Seymour, author of Royalist Rebel

“Laura Purcell is a wonderful storyteller, and Mistress of the Court a fabulous Georgian read!” Lucinda Brant, NY Times bestselling author of Georgian romances and mysteries

For more information, or to order your copy, please click here.

Investigating Sherlock

sherlock-2Nikki Stafford

He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson remain the most-adapted fictional characters of all time. In 2010, when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stepped into the roles, they managed to meld many previous incarnations into two glorious performances. Over Sherlock’s first three seasons, the BAFTA-winning series created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat has brought new life to stories almost 130 years old and created a worldwide fandom unlike any other.

Investigating Sherlock, written by bestselling author Nikki Stafford, examines each episode through in-depth and fun analysis, exploring the character development and cataloguing every subtle reference to the original stories. Containing revelling exclusive interviews from experts of the Sherlock Holmes phenomenom, and with biographies of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle, Investigating Sherlock is the ultimate guide to the great detective in the 21st century.

 


 

Paperback 240 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-910183-18-2
Release Date 3rd September 2015
Price £9.99

 

 

 

Mistress of the Court

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 10.58.11Laura Purcell

The second in Laura Purcell’s captivating and acclaimed series of novels chronicling the lives and loves of the consorts and mistresses of Britain’s rash and reckless Hanoverian kings.

Her first novel in the series, Queen of Bedlam, was shortlisted for Best Historical Romance 2014 and was Editor’s Pick, in Historical Novels Review.

Orphaned and trapped in an abusive marriage, Henrietta Howard has little left to lose. She stakes everything on a new life in Hanover with its royal family, the heirs to the British throne. Henrietta’s beauty and intelligence soon win her the friendship of clever Princess Caroline and her mercurial husband, Prince George. But, as time passes, it becomes clear that friendship is the lastthing on the hot-blooded young prince’s mind. Dare Henrietta give into his advances and anger her violent husband? Dare she refuse?

Whatever George’s shortcomings, Princess Caroline is determined to make the family a success. Yet the feud between her husband and his obstinate father threatens all she has worked for. As England erupts in Jacobite riots, her family falls apart. She vows to save the country for her children to inherit – even if it costs her pride and her marriage. Set in the turbulent years of the Hanoverian accession, Mistress of the Court tells the story of two remarkable women at the centre of George II’s reign.

 

Click here to read an extract from this book

 


 

Paperback 448 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-910183-07-6
Release Date 4th August 2015
Price £8.99

Heartwarming memoir is released on the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2

Nell and the GirlsTeddington Waterstones will be hosting a private launch party for author Jeanne Gask this coming Thursday 7th May. Nell and the Girls is a remarkable, dramatic and heartwarming true story of a family told from the viewpoint of young Jeanne Sarginson, later Gask.

The book launch and publication day coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe, making this a very fitting and special event.

Jeanne will also be back in the Teddington store on Saturday 9th May for a book signing event from 11am. Jeanne was born in Calais, France but now lives in Teddington. Nell and the Girls is her story of her family’s wartime experience while trapped in occupied France from 1940–1944.

For more information about Nell and the Girls, or to order your copy, please click here for more details.