The Queen's Rival (Hardback)
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Hardback 544 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
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The forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. A strong woman who claimed the throne for her family in a time of war...

'A compelling story of divided loyalties and family betrayals. Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman & Home

One family united by blood. Torn apart by war...

England, 1459: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, is embroiled in a plot to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the Battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily's family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.

Cecily can only watch as her lands are torn apart and divided up by the ruthless Queen Marguerite. From the towers of her prison in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit - one that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.

This is a story of heartbreak, ambition and treachery, of one woman's quest to claim the throne during the violence and tragedy of the Wars of the Roses.

Praise for Anne O'Brien:

'One of the best writers around ... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' The Sun

'O'Brien is a terrific story teller' Daily Telegraph

'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times

'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home

'The characters are larger than life ... and the author a compulsive storyteller' Sunday Express

'[A] fast-paced historical novel' Good Housekeeping

'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics' Cosmopolitan

'O'Brien's page-turner vividly brings to life the restriction of women, and the compassion and strength of this real-life figure from medieval times' Woman

'A gripping historical drama' Bella

'Historical fiction at its best' Candis

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008225544
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 45 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A compelling story of divided loyalties and family betrayals. Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman & Home

'O'Brien manages to reinvent historical fiction by thrusting an untold story into the spotlight' My Weekly

'Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman's Weekly

'This thrilling historical novel has it all - high politics, drama, emotion, excellent writing ... It's a rollercoaster of a read' Carol McGrath

'Anne O'Brien leads us on a deftly woven journey through the endlessly fascinating life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. Impeccable research shines through in the depth of detail to pull the reader into the highs and lows of the House of York's journeys around Fortune's Wheel' Matt Lewis

Praise for Anne O'Brien:

'One of the best writers around ... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' The Sun

'O'Brien is a terrific story teller' Daily Telegraph

'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times

'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home

'The characters are larger than life ... and the author a compulsive storyteller' Sunday Express

'[A] fast-paced historical novel' Good Housekeeping

'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics' Cosmopolitan

'O'Brien's page-turner vividly brings to life the restriction of women, and the compassion and strength of this real-life figure from medieval times' Woman

'A gripping historical drama' Bella

'Historical fiction at its best' Candis

'Packed with drama, danger, romance and history ... the perfect reading choice for the long winter nights' The Press Association

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“An engaging and unusual read”

I adore historical fiction, but despite being a born and bred Yorkshire woman, know appallingly little of the War of the Roses. O’Brien’s well researched novel is told through a series of letters and diary entries... More

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“Wars of the Roses drama!”

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest review.

I am an avid reader of historical fiction, and the stories from the Wars of the Roses period of history -... More

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“Historical novel.”

Historical read based on the story of Duchess of York Cecile Neville during the War of The Roses.

This is a very good read based on the war over the throne between Lancaster and York which was known as the War of the... More

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