by Philippa Gregory
✅ Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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The first in a charming new series Queen of historical fiction, Tidelands is set in an England of the xvii century, caught in the vortex of the civil war and obsessed with the prevalence of witches. In Alinor, Gregory crafts yet another vibrant, eye-catching heroine who must learn to survive in a world that is implacably opposed to its existence. The New Series From The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Author In England, 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different… Midsummer’s Eve, 1648 and England is in the grip of civil war between the renegade King and the rebellious Parliament. The fight extends into every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, is set in a cemetery under the full moon for a ghost that will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous swamp, not knowing that she is the protagonist of the emergency in the heart of his life. Suspected to possess dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor, ambition and determination the brand out from its neighbors. This is the time of the witch-craze, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses the envy of his rivals, and fear among the inhabitants of the village, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands. A must read for the Summer of 2019.
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