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Manda Scott - Author

About the Author

Manda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber. Born and educated in Scotland, she now lives in Suffolk with two lurchers and too many cats. Known primarily as a crime writer, her first novel, Hen’s Teeth was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels are Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed by the Times as ‘one of Britain’s most important crime writers’.

 

Manda Scott is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association.

 

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate and author of bestsellers such as War Horse and Why The Whales Came, is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers' Association beginning in Autumn 2011. The Historical Writers' Association (www.thehwa.co.uk) will celebrate its first anniversary in October.  It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.


Since its creation, the Historical Writers' Association has launched the first Festival of Historical Writing in association with English Heritage as part of their Festival of History at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire this July. In September, a partnership was announced with Goldsboro Books to launch a new literary prize, the HWA/Goldsboro Crown for Debut Historical Fiction, the first of which will be presented at Goldsboro's History in the Court Festival next year on 27th September 2012.

Featured books by Manda Scott

Into the Fire

Into the Fire

Author: Manda Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2015

There is a secret, hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change it all. A man's charred corpse is found in the latest of a string of arson attacks in the French city of Orleans. His is the first death. An extremist group claim responsibility but their whereabouts cannot be found. Police inspector Capitaine Ines Picault and her team must track them down before more people die. Their only clue? The name of a woman who has been dead for over 500 years: Joan of Arc. She is one of the great enigmas of history - a young woman who came from nowhere to lead the armies of France to victory against England. And who died the same fiery death as the man whose body has just been discovered. As more fires rage in Orleans and the death toll mounts, Picault must look to the past and the secrets which lie buried there to unravel the mysteries of the present. As the clock counts down, she must challenge some fundamental truths to save those closest to her...

Other books by Manda Scott

A Treachery of Spies

A Treachery of Spies

Author: Manda Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way. An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Ines Picaut back to 1940s France where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders. To find answers in the present Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim's youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way - and who will kill to keep their secrets safe...

A Treachery of Spies

A Treachery of Spies

Author: Manda Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

THRILLER OF THE MONTH `Superb . . . a blend of historical imagination and storytelling verve reminiscent of Robert Harris.' The Sunday Times 'The most exciting, involving thriller I've read in an age, and I can't recommend it highly enough.' Mick Herron * A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way. An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Ines Picaut back to 1940s France where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders. To find answers in the present Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim's youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way - and who will kill to keep their secrets safe... * `A Treachery of Spies is the equal of Charlotte Gray in its insights into the period and, I would say, beats it for sheer excitement... one of the most gripping spy stories I have ever read.' Jake Kerridge, S Magazine 'This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated - but fiercely suspenseful - thriller.' Lee Child 'Ingeniously plotted and wonderfully written.' Antonia Senior, The Times 'The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you'll find this year.' Simon Mayo 'A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it's satisfying - and very thought-provoking.' Robert Goddard 'A Treachery of Spies is a masterclass in thriller-writing. It is a heart-racing, heart-wrenching read, conceived with passion and executed with frightening skill. An awe-inspiring achievement.' Giles Kristian

Treachery of Spies

Treachery of Spies

Author: Manda Scott Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott, read by Philip Stevens, Emma Gregory and Sally Scott.An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. Tracking down her murderer leads police inspector Ines Picaut back to 1940s France where the men and women of the Resistance were engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders. To find answers in the present Picaut must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim's youth: a time when unholy alliances were forged between occupiers and occupied, deals were done and promises broken. The past has been buried for decades, but, as Picaut discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on it staying that way - and who will kill to keep their secrets safe...*'The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you'll find this year.' Simon Mayo 'This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated - but fiercely suspenseful - thriller.' Lee Child'A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it's satisfying - and very thought-provoking.' Robert Goddard'The most exciting, involving thriller I've read in an age, and I can't recommend it highly enough.' Mick Herron 'A Treachery of Spies is a masterclass in thriller-writing. It is a heart-racing, heart-wrenching read, conceived with passion and executed with frightening skill. An awe-inspiring achievement.' Giles Kristian

Into The Fire

Into The Fire

Author: Manda Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

There is a secret hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change history forever. 2014: In the French city of Orleans, a man's charred corpse is found in a burned-out hotel, stripped of all ID. Police captain Ines Picaut must hunt down his killer before others fall prey to the fire. She has only one clue: the name of a woman who has been dead for over five hundred years. 1429: Joan of Arc is taking the war to the English. They want her dead but the only way to reach her is through a fiercely loyal inner circle - until undercover spy Tomas Rustbeard finally earns her trust... The myths of the past hold the key to the mystery of the present, but how many must die before the truth is laid bare?

2012: The Crystal Skull

2012: The Crystal Skull

Author: Manda Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2011

The ancient Mayans predicted the End of Days with uncanny precision: 21 December 2012. But they also provided the key to staving off apocalypse: a flawless sapphire of incomparable beauty carved into the perfect likeness of a human skull. For more than four centuries, the skull and its legacy of dark intrigue and murder have been hidden, protected by a code few can break. Now it's about to be found.

Crystal Skull

Crystal Skull

Author: Manda Scott Format: eBook Release Date: 29/04/2008

In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, bestselling novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy. Its a lump of rock, Stella; nothing more. No stone is worth dying for. Except its not just a lump of rock. Its a blue crystal skull made by the Maya to save the world from ruin; a sapphire so perfect, so powerful that for centuries men have killed to own or destroy it.Ancient prophecies say that if the thirteen skulls already in existence are not reunited, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Cedric Owen, the skulls last Keeper, died so that it might keep its secret for the next four centuries. Now Stella Cody has found it, and someone has already tried to kill her. Like Owen, shes being huntedbut by whom?Desperate to unravel the mystery of the crystal skull, Stella must decode Cedric Owens coded writings, sketches and ciphers no scholar has been able to unravel. What she discovers is astounding: a shocking secret prophecyand the staggering puzzle of four terrifying creatures, thirteen precious stones, and what will happen if Cedric Owens crystal skull falls into the wrong hands. But time is against Stella. She has only dayshoursleft to uncover the only secret that may yet save the world.12.21.12The date is set. Time is running out.The end of the world starts now.From the Hardcover edition.

The Crystal Skull

The Crystal Skull

Author: Manda Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2008

Fact: Five thousand years ago, the Mayans carved thirteen crystal skulls. Fact: To protect humankind, they sent them to the four corners of the globe. Fact: They gave a precise date for when they thought the world would end: 21 December 2012. Fact: They said that this time the destruction will be of man's making. Fact: Only when all thirteen skulls are reunited can the world be saved from its fate. For the last 500 years one skull has been missing. Now it's about to be found ...

Dreaming the Eagle

Dreaming the Eagle

Author: Manda Scott Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2007

Dreaming the Eagle is the first part of the gloriously imagined epic trilogy of the life of Boudica.Boudica means Bringer of Victory (from the early Celtic word boudeg). She is the last defender of the Celtic culture in Britain; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome -- and triumph.It is 33 AD and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle is also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribes history. Bn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudicas salvation.Dreaming the Eagle is full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic -- where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed -- to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages.From the Hardcover edition.

Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle Boudica 1

Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle Boudica 1

Author: Manda Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2004

In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome. It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilization and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire. Gloriously imagined, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle recreates the beginnings of a story so powerful its impact has survived through the ages, recounting the journey to adulthood of Breaca, who at twelve kills her first warrior, and her sensitive, skilful half-brother Ban, who carries with him a vision of the future that haunts his waking hours. In the company of a supreme storyteller, the reader is plunged into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where horses and dogs and the landscape itself become characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory. Above all, it is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons - to read it is to discover our history, to learn about ourselves and our heritage.