'A Startling Heroine' Sarah Moss
Wife. Mother. Politician. Traitor. Fighter. Survivor.
The word is a spark. They can start a fire with it, or smother it in their fingertips.
She chooses to start a fire.
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.
Praise for Cecily
A startling heroineSarah Moss
A bold, beautiful novelEleanor Dymott
A stunning debut. Cecily is an unforgettable heroine... a novel about the power and resourcefulness of womenSusan Elliott-Wright
An extraordinary achievement . . .I could touch and breathe Cecily's world as if I was walking in her shadowCarol McGrath
An intimate, vivid, and compulsively page turning retelling of the Wars of the Roses. At the centre of it all is Cecily herself - ferocious to her enemies, loving to her family, both cannily pragmatic and willing to take the greatest of risks for the greatest of prizesTim Leach
CECILY is the WOLF HALL for the 2020s... marks the start of a stellar careerManda Scott
Cecily stalks the corridors of power like a female Thomas Cromwell. A vividly female perspective on the Wars of the Roses - what a featImogen Hermes Gowar, author of THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK
Entirely absorbing and utterly compelling. C15th England leaps from the page, with all its political turmoil & bloodshed. I loved itCaroline Lea
I loved it . . . Annie Garthwaite writes about the past with a kind of restrained, earthy vim, and with the sort of intimacy and immediacy - and empathy - that can only come from graft and craftToby Clements
In vigorous, direct prose Garthwaite grippingly resurrects a remarkable womanSunday Times
Like Mantel's work, Garthwaite's memorable book leaps beyond its genre of historical fiction. Garthwaite writes with empathy and a brilliant eye for historical detail. This book is a winner--don't miss it!Pamela Petro
Masterful and majestic, here is England's unspoken history told by one brilliant woman through the life of another. This important novel blazes on every page from its brutal first scene to its glittering final act. ImmenseChris Cleave
This book is really special. It covers a part of history where women are often footnotes but in this book Cecily is ALIVE, alive & flawedKate Sawyer
Vivid and compellingJ L Laynesmith