with author annie garthwaite

Tuesday, 9 JUly 2024


We’re delighted to welcome Annie Garthwaite, in the week that her much anticipated novel, The King’s Mother, is published.



With energy and ambition, The King’s Mother takes us from the Wars of the Roses to the dawn of the Tudor age – and tells the story of those era-defining wars through the eyes of four women who shaped and suffered them: Cecily Neville, King’s Mother; Marguerite of Anjou, deposed Queen; Elizabeth Woodville, betrayed wife; and Margaret Beaufort, mother to an exiled son.
Reading from The King’s Mother Annie will describe all that these women did and were driven to do to win the crown for their sons and become King’s Mother themselves. “This,” she says, “is a story of mothers and sons; of maternal ferocity and female ambition – and of all the terror that families can inflict upon themselves.”
And, by focusing on what these women wanted, suffered, knew and did, The King’s Mother gives us a fresh take on some of English history’s most enduring mysteries: Was Edward IV’s marriage bigamous and his children bastards? Why did he order the execution of his brother George, years after forgiving his treason? And did Richard III murder his brother’s children, the Princes in the Tower? The women were there – and they know the truth.
Annie’s first novel, Cecily, was named a ‘top pick' by The Times and Sunday Times and a 'Best Book of 2021' by independent bookshops and Waterstones. The King's Mother, will be published by Penguin on 11July 2024 – and we’ll have early copies on sale!

Join us and be among the first to hear this fabulous story! Click here for more information and to purhase tickets.

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