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Nina Stanger was a trailblazing civil liberties barrister and author who lived in London

in the 1960s and 70s. She achieved tabloid fame for defending the downtrodden

and social pariahs: political protestors, squatters, and terrorists, in cases such as the

Miss World bombing and the Angry Brigade trial. She was known for her beauty,

intelligence, and bohemian, flamboyant style. In 1987 she moved to Florence, Italy,

where she surrounded herself in art history and comparative legal studies, focusing

on preserving the institution of trial by jury. Nina tragically died in 1999 of a

pulmonary embolism, but not before completing her first novel, Falcon.



I am England

Patricia Wright  lives in the Sussex countryside and uses this familiar and beloved landscape as the backdrop to her 1987 Georgette Heyer award-winning novel, I am England. She is also the author of several previous novels, such as Heart of the Storm and Journey into Fire, and many historical articles.

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Kiss and Kin

Angela Lambert, was a first-rate writer in a number of genres. She was a journalist, social

historian and biographer, and a novelist. Her greatest success came in 1998 when her novel,

A Rather English Marriage, first published in 1992, was adapted by Andrew Davies as a BBC

television drama. Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Joanna Lumley played the main parts and

the production won four of the seven main Bafta awards for which it was nominated. Lambert’s next two novels, No Talking After Lights (1990) and A Rather English Marriage  (1992), explored school and family life as she knew it in her unhappy youth. She had hated her school and felt ignored by her parents. Lambert was to write a further four novels, but she became less widely reviewed and, to her disquiet, began to find herself classified as a romantic novelist. She was even named romantic novelist of the year in 1998 for her book Kiss and Kin

and awarded a £5,000 prize. In 2004, she embarked on her biography, The Lost Life of Eva Braun.

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King of the Wood

Popular British historical fiction and mystery writer Valerie Anand brings past times and conundrums to life with fascinating characters, abundant detail and meticulous research in her twenty-one novels. In the United States she’s been known under her pen name Fiona Buckley for her historical mystery series set in the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign featuring Ursula Blanchard.

Valerie Anand was born in London and knew at the age of six that she wanted to be an author. At the age of fifteen, she saw MGM’s film Ivanhoe. She walked into the cinema knowing that she wanted to be a novelist and walked out of it knowing that historical novels were the kind she most wanted to write. Over the course of her long and distinguished writing career, Valerie has written many works of historical fiction and is well known for the Ursula Blanchard series of Elizabethan mysteries written under the pen name of Fiona Buckley. Still living in London, Valerie Anand is a frequent visitor to Exmoor which she loves and is the setting featured in The House of Lanyon.

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The White Queen of Middleham, Sons of York and Perkin

In spite of her early passion for the 17th century, Lesley’s first three novels and a work of non-fiction were about the 15th century. Her story of Anne Neville was the second of five historical novels that she wrote, and the only one of her books that was published before her death.

Not surprisingly, one of her passions was going to the theatre – initially ballet, but increasingly plays and especially anything by the RSC. When she got a car at the age of 18, and for many years after, she and her sister spent a whole week in Stratford every year, seeing every play in the repertoire. That included 1963 when all of Shakespeare’s histories were performed.

Although it was another 6 or 7 years before Lesley starting writing her first novel, the ideas had clearly germinated long before and the reading and research never stopped. She wrote three novels set in the 15th century, the trilogy “Sprigs of Broom“: She was a runner-up for the Georgette Heyer award for The White Queen of Middleham.

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Vainglory and Lovesong

Geraldine McCaughrean has written over 170 books, plays and retellings and won dozens of

prizes including the Whitbread (Costa) prize three times. She has been shortlisted for the

Carnegie Medal seven times. Vainglory  was selected for the  Summer Reading Gift to the

Royal family.  Of Lovesong, Phillipa Gregory wrote, “This is probably the best historical

novel I have ever read.” Best known of her children’s books is Peter Pan in Scarlet, the official

sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, which sold in over 50 countries. The White Darkness won

the prestigious Printz Award in America.

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A Summers Child and Postman’s Knock

Elaine’s writing career has been varied, starting with children’s pantos, short plays for women’s drama groups and murder mystery plays. Her first two published novels, witty and contemporary romances, follow other unpublished works and mark a return to full time writing. Elaine, born in London, grew up on the south coast attending a girls’ boarding school (itself a rich vein to mine for stories) and also spent part of her childhood in pre revolutionary Iran.

She now divides her time between her home near the shores of Poole harbour with her husband, two dogs, two cats and an obligatory Aga and her Portuguese retreat on the Algarve coast.



Walter and the Resurrection of G

Timothy Armstrong was born in Essex in 1957. He read Modern Languages at Oxford and studied Philosophy at London University. He has translated philosophical works from French and German into English and has a passionate interest in music, playing keyboards and singing in a Canterbury based blues band. At the start of his professional career, he taught French and German in Bedford and is currently Head of Modern Languages at the King’s School, Canterbury. He is married and has two children.

His first novel, Walter and the Resurrection of G, won the Author’s Club best first novel of the year award, and his second novel Cecilia’s Vision was published in the UK and in Germany. Both reflect his fascination with the Middle Ages, with poetry, and with unusual philosophical takes on life

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