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Anne O'Brien - Author

About the Author

Anne O’Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.

She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.

Featured books by Anne O'Brien

The Scandalous Duchess

The Scandalous Duchess

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2015

Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for her with an offer. Governess to his children and mistress of his bed - Katherine is a woman of dignity, piety and grace and will not be taken in sin. But John is ambitious, ruthless, and in line to the throne. There is no denying Katherine's attraction to him and his power means he will get what he wants. Katherine will be his Royal mistress, his forbidden love. The woman who will become more important to him than his wife. The concubine who will have to stay in the shadows and ignore the wickedly vicious court whispers. The Duchess who will bear his illegitimate children and give them the Beaufort name. This is the story of Katherine. The scandalous Duchess who became ancestor of the greatest Kings and Queens in England.

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Other books by Anne O'Brien

A Tapestry of Treason

A Tapestry of Treason

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

`Gripping' The Times Her actions could make history - but at what price? 1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York. Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant? Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her. Even when it endangers her new-found happiness. With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men. Giving voice to the forgotten women of history, this is the next brilliant historical novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Anne O'Brien. Praise for A Tapestry of Treason `A wonderful novel . . . a rich, gripping, enchanting read. Anne's vivid writing took me straight to the year 1400 and kept me wonderfully lost there throughout' Joanna Courtney Praise for Anne O'Brien `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times `O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph `A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home `Packed with drama, danger, romance and history ... the perfect reading choice for the long winter nights' The Press Association `A gripping historical drama' Bella

A Tapestry of Treason

A Tapestry of Treason

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

`Gripping' The Times Her actions could make history - but at what price? 1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York. Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant? Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her. Even when it endangers her new-found happiness. With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men. Giving voice to the forgotten women of history, this is the next brilliant historical novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Anne O'Brien. Praise for A Tapestry of Treason `A wonderful novel . . . a rich, gripping, enchanting read. Anne's vivid writing took me straight to the year 1400 and kept me wonderfully lost there throughout' Joanna Courtney Praise for Anne O'Brien `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times `O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph `A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home `Packed with drama, danger, romance and history ... the perfect reading choice for the long winter nights' The Press Association `A gripping historical drama' Bella

Women, Inequality and Media Work

Women, Inequality and Media Work

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2019

Women, Inequality and Media Work investigates how women experience gender inequality in film and television production industries. Examining women's place in the production of media is vital to understanding the broader and related question of how women are (mis)represented in media content. This book goes behind the camera to explore the world of women working in media industries and unpacks the systemic gender inequality that they experience at work. It argues that women internalize their experience of gender inequality by adopting various beliefs: whether it is that gender does not matter in the workplace; that the workplace is now post-feminist; or by adopting a sense of self as liminal, neither fully included nor excluded from the industry. Drawing on detailed academic research and empirical investigation, Women, Inequality and Media Work is an important and timely book for students, researchers and those working in media industries.

Women, Inequality and Media Work

Women, Inequality and Media Work

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2019

Women, Inequality and Media Work investigates how women experience gender inequality in film and television production industries. Examining women's place in the production of media is vital to understanding the broader and related question of how women are (mis)represented in media content. This book goes behind the camera to explore the world of women working in media industries and unpacks the systemic gender inequality that they experience at work. It argues that women internalize their experience of gender inequality by adopting various beliefs: whether it is that gender does not matter in the workplace; that the workplace is now post-feminist; or by adopting a sense of self as liminal, neither fully included nor excluded from the industry. Drawing on detailed academic research and empirical investigation, Women, Inequality and Media Work is an important and timely book for students, researchers and those working in media industries.

Queen of the North

Queen of the North

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

From Sunday Times bestseller Anne O'Brien . . . To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor. 1399: England's crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family's rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. But many, including Elizabeth's husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth must hide her true ambitions in Court, and go against her husband's wishes to help build a rebel army. To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe. To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood. This is one woman's quest to turn history on its head. `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' Reader's Digest `O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political' The Times Praise for Queen of the North: `Once more Anne O'Brien takes her readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride...Elizabeth Mortimer's story joins the growing list of female lives Anne has gloriously rescued from history's recycling skip' Joanna Hickson `Enthralling ... with masterful skill Anne O'Brien takes the reader on an action packed journey back to the tumultuous and uncertain days of the fifteenth century. A medieval masterpiece' Nicola Tallis `With Anne O'Brien's trademark attention to period detail, it's a fascinating read' Woman's Weekly `Imaginative, rich in detail and immaculately researched' Lancashire Post

Queen Of The North

Queen Of The North

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 31/05/2018

To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor. 1399: England's crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family's rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. But many, including Elizabeth's husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth must hide her true ambitions in Court, and go against her husband's wishes to help build a rebel army. To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe. To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood. This is one woman's quest to turn history on its head.

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

**Queen of the North, Anne O'Brien's enthralling new novel, is available to pre-order now** The Sunday Times Bestseller `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' - Reader's Digest `A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, rumour and scandal. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she must do to protect her reputation...the games to play, the men to marry. She will do anything to get what she wants: The Crown of England. A tale of ambition, treachery and desire, The Shadow Queen tells of a woman's ascent through the court to command royal power alongside her young son, King Richard II.

The Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

**Queen of the North, Anne O'Brien's enthralling new novel, is available to pre-order now** The Sunday Times Bestseller `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' - Reader's Digest `A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, rumour and scandal. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she must do to protect her reputation...the games to play, the men to marry. She will do anything to get what she wants: The Crown of England. A tale of ambition, treachery and desire, The Shadow Queen tells of a woman's ascent through the court to command royal power alongside her young son, King Richard II.

Queen's Choice

Queen's Choice

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2016

Her children or her crownFrance, 1399: The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land - a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess. Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence. Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no-one - not even his new Queen. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states - if they will allow it. One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.

Virgin Widow

Virgin Widow

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2015

A Sunday Times Bestseller England's Forgotten Queens `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' The Times 'I was a penniless, landless petitioner, my Neville blood a curse, my future dependent on the charity of those who despised me...' Anne Neville is the heiress and daughter of the greatest powerbroker in the land, Warwick the Kingmaker. Trapped in a deadly tangle of political intrigue, she is a pawn in an uncertain game, used by the houses of Neville, York and Lancaster alike. In England's glittering, treacherous court, not all wish to see the Nevilles raised high. The Earl of Warwick's ambition and pride lead him into an attempt to depose the Yorkist King; his treason forces his family into exile. Humiliated and powerless in a foreign land, Anne must find the courage and the wit to survive in such a dangerous man's world. Compulsively readable, Anne O'Brien vividly evokes the story of Richard III's queen with a passion and vibrancy reminiscent of Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir. Praise for Anne O'Brien `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' - The Times `A gem of a subject ... O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' - Daily Telegraph `Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.' -Good Housekeeping `A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.' -Woman & Home `Packed with drama, danger, romance and history.' -Pam Norfolk, for the Press Association `Better than Philippa Gregory' - The Bookseller `Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday Express `A gripping historical drama.' -Bella `This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors.' - Cosmopolitan www.anneobrien.co.uk @anne_obrien

The Scandalous Duchess

The Scandalous Duchess

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2015

Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for her with an offer. Governess to his children and mistress of his bed - Katherine is a woman of dignity, piety and grace and will not be taken in sin. But John is ambitious, ruthless, and in line to the throne. There is no denying Katherine's attraction to him and his power means he will get what he wants. Katherine will be his Royal mistress, his forbidden love. The woman who will become more important to him than his wife. The concubine who will have to stay in the shadows and ignore the wickedly vicious court whispers. The Duchess who will bear his illegitimate children and give them the Beaufort name. This is the story of Katherine. The scandalous Duchess who became ancestor of the greatest Kings and Queens in England.

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