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Peter Ransley - Author

About the Author

Peter Ransley has written extensively for television. His BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's 'Fingersmith' was nominated for a BAFTA for best series in 2006 and his ITV drama 'Falling Angel', starring Emilia Fox and Charles Dance, was screened in 2007. He is a winner of the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first novel in the trilogy, PLAGUE CHILD, published in 2011.

Featured books by Peter Ransley

The King's List

The King's List

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

What price betrayal? The bloody saga of revolution and republicanism reaches its climax in the final instalment of the Tom Neave trilogy. 1659. Tom Neave, now Lord Stonehouse and feared spymaster for the republic, must do what he can to maintain the reins of power. With Oliver Cromwell dead, a ruthless struggle for control of the country begins. A Royalist rebellion is easily put down, but is of concern for Tom - his son Luke is among those imprisoned. Having been freed by his father and back with his family, Luke claims he is disillusioned with the Royalist cause. But can Tom trust him? Pre-occupied by his son's uncertain allegiance, by the distant, manipulative behaviour of his beloved wife Anne, and by rumours of his treacherous father Richard, Tom is ill at ease. His own long-buried secrets threaten to erupt, with irrevocable consequences. As the struggle for power in England becomes more urgent, rumours abound of the return of the exiled king. Copies of the 'King's List' are in circulation - the names of those who signed the death warrant of the late king, of which Tom is one. While an army marches on London, the fate of the nation - and that of Tom and his family - lies at stake.

Cromwell's Blessing

Cromwell's Blessing

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The price for a country. The price for a King. The price for a marriage. The dramatic story of Tom Neave continues...The second book in the Tom Neave Trilogy, 'Cromwell's Blessing' sees Tom still determined to fight for his principles - democracy, freedom and honour - despite the growing threat to his young family, as England finds itself in the throes of bloody civil war. The year is now 1647. The King has surrendered to Parliament. Lord Stonehouse, to show his loyalty to Parliament, has named grandson Tom as his successor. But Lord Stonehouse's son, Richard, is also Tom's estranged father and a fervent Royalist. If the King reaches a settlement with Parliament Richard will inherit...Parliament itself is deeply divided with those demanding a strict Puritan regime pitted against more liberal Independents like Cromwell. King Charles, under house arrest, tries to exploit the divisions between them. When Richard arrives from France with a commission from the Queen to snatch the King from Parliamentary hands, he and Tom are set on a collision course. Caught between his love for his wife Anne and their young son, and his loyalty to the new regime, Tom must struggle to save both his family and the estate.

Other books by Peter Ransley

Cromwell's Blessing

Cromwell's Blessing

Author: Peter Ransley Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2015

The price for a country. The price for a King. The price for a marriage. The second book in the Tom Neave Trilogy1647. The King has surrendered to Parliament. Lord Stonehouse, to show his loyalty to Parliament, has named Tom as his successor. But Lord Stonehouse's son, Richard, is also Tom's estranged father and a fervent Royalist. If the King reaches a settlement with Parliament Richard will inherit... Parliament itself is deeply divided with those demanding a strict Puritan regime pitted against more liberal Independents like Cromwell. King Charles, under house arrest, tries to exploit the divisions between them. When Richard arrives from France with a commission from the Queen to snatch the King from Parliamentary hands, he and Tom are set on a collision course. Caught between his love for his wife Anne and their young son, and his loyalty to the new regime, Tom must struggle to save both his family and the estate. Cromwell's Blessing is the dramatic story of Tom Neave's fight for the principles which he holds so dear - democracy, freedom and honour - and his young family, set against the backdrop of the violent conflict of the English Civil War.

Plague Child

Plague Child

Author: Peter Ransley Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2015

The first instalment of a page-turning trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War. September 1625: Plague cart driver, Matthew Neave, is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet, on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry - the baby is alive. A plague child himself, and now immune from the disease, Matthew decides to raise it as his own. Fifteen years on, Matthew's son Tom is apprenticed to a printer in the City. Somebody is interested in him and is keen to turn him into a gentleman. He is even given an education. But Tom is unaware that he has a benefactor and soon he discovers that someone else is determined to kill him. The civil war divides families, yet Tom is divided in himself. Devil or saint? Royalist or radicalist? He is at the bottom of the social ladder, yet soon finds himself within reach of a great estate - one which he must give up to be with the girl he loves. Set against the fervent political climate of the period, 'Plague Child' is a remarkable story of discovery, identity and an England of the past.

King's List

King's List

Author: Peter Ransley Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2015

What price betrayal? The bloody saga of revolution and republicanism reaches its climax in the final instalment of the Tom Neave trilogy. 1659. Tom Neave, now Lord Stonehouse and feared spymaster for the republic, must do what he can to maintain the reins of power. With Oliver Cromwell dead, a ruthless struggle for control of the country begins. A Royalist rebellion is easily put down, but is of concern for Tom - his son Luke is among those imprisoned. Having been freed by his father and back with his family, Luke claims he is disillusioned with the Royalist cause. But can Tom trust him? Pre-occupied by his son's uncertain allegiance, by the distant, manipulative behaviour of his beloved wife Anne, and by rumours of his treacherous father Richard, Tom is ill at ease. His own long-buried secrets threaten to erupt, with irrevocable consequences. As the struggle for power in England becomes more urgent, rumours abound of the return of the exiled king. Copies of the `King's List' are in circulation - the names of those who signed the death warrant of the late king, of which Tom is one. While an army marches on London, the fate of the nation - and that of Tom and his family - lies at stake.

The King's List

The King's List

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

What price betrayal? The bloody saga of revolution and republicanism reaches its climax in the final instalment of the Tom Neave trilogy. 1659. Tom Neave, now Lord Stonehouse and feared spymaster for the republic, must do what he can to maintain the reins of power. With Oliver Cromwell dead, a ruthless struggle for control of the country begins. A Royalist rebellion is easily put down, but is of concern for Tom - his son Luke is among those imprisoned. Having been freed by his father and back with his family, Luke claims he is disillusioned with the Royalist cause. But can Tom trust him? Pre-occupied by his son's uncertain allegiance, by the distant, manipulative behaviour of his beloved wife Anne, and by rumours of his treacherous father Richard, Tom is ill at ease. His own long-buried secrets threaten to erupt, with irrevocable consequences. As the struggle for power in England becomes more urgent, rumours abound of the return of the exiled king. Copies of the 'King's List' are in circulation - the names of those who signed the death warrant of the late king, of which Tom is one. While an army marches on London, the fate of the nation - and that of Tom and his family - lies at stake.

Cromwell's Blessing

Cromwell's Blessing

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The price for a country. The price for a King. The price for a marriage. The dramatic story of Tom Neave continues...The second book in the Tom Neave Trilogy, 'Cromwell's Blessing' sees Tom still determined to fight for his principles - democracy, freedom and honour - despite the growing threat to his young family, as England finds itself in the throes of bloody civil war. The year is now 1647. The King has surrendered to Parliament. Lord Stonehouse, to show his loyalty to Parliament, has named grandson Tom as his successor. But Lord Stonehouse's son, Richard, is also Tom's estranged father and a fervent Royalist. If the King reaches a settlement with Parliament Richard will inherit...Parliament itself is deeply divided with those demanding a strict Puritan regime pitted against more liberal Independents like Cromwell. King Charles, under house arrest, tries to exploit the divisions between them. When Richard arrives from France with a commission from the Queen to snatch the King from Parliamentary hands, he and Tom are set on a collision course. Caught between his love for his wife Anne and their young son, and his loyalty to the new regime, Tom must struggle to save both his family and the estate.

Falkenschwur

Falkenschwur

Author: Peter Ransley Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2013

Als "e;Pestkind"e; verstoen, vom Vater verleugnet, vom Schicksal belohnt - Findelkind und Emporkommling Tom Neave auf der Suche nach seinem wahren Platz im LebenEngland 1647. Der Burgerkrieg ist zugunsten des Parlaments entschieden, aber es kann nicht ohne Konig Charles I. regieren. Tom Neave, ehemaliger Flugblattschreiber und mittlerweile von seinem wahren Grovater Lord Stonehouse als rechtmaiger Erbe anerkannt, hat tapfer in der Armee von Oliver Cromwell gekampft und ist nach wie vor gluhender Anhanger des Parlaments. Aber sein Vater Richard ist ein Konigstreuer und taucht plotzlich bei Tom auf mit der Bitte, ihm zu helfen. Tom, der sich mittlerweile zum Major hochgearbeitet hat, ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen Vaterliebe und seiner Loyalitat zum Parlament. Und er hat auf die alles entscheidende Frage noch immer keine Antwort: Kann er seinem eigenen Vater, der ihn jahrelang verleugnet hat, wirklich trauen?"e;Peter Ransley versteht es perfekt, dramatische historische Fakten in eine packende Geschichte einzuweben, und spielt in der gleichen Liga wie C. J. Sansom."e; Spectator

Pestsiegel

Pestsiegel

Author: Peter Ransley Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

Ein zerrissenes Land. Ein todliches Geheimnis. Ein junger Mann auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit.Als Matthew Neave an einem Septemberabend 1625 den Auftrag erhalt, den Leichnam eines "e;Pestkindes"e; auf seinem Karren zur Pestgrube zu bringen, ist er wenig erfreut, willigt aber aufgrund der guten Bezahlung ein. Auf dem Weg zur Grube stellt Matthew jedoch fest, dass das Neugeborene lebt. Er nimmt den Jungen bei sich auf und zieht ihn zusammen mit seiner Frau Susannah wie sein eigenes Kind gro.Doch als Tom funfzehn ist, tritt plotzlich ein unbekannter Wohltater auf den Plan und verschafft dem Jungen eine Lehrstelle bei einem angesehenen Drucker in London. Tom findet sich in die neue Umgebung nur mit Widerwillen ein, und merkt bald, dass er nicht der Sohn eines Werftarbeiters aus Poplar ist, wie er bisher glaubte. Ein dunkles Geheimnis umgibt seine wahre Herkunft. Tom muss erkennen, dass ihn jemand lieber tot als lebendig sehen wurde und seine Suche nach der Wahrheit alles andere als ungefahrlich ist.

Plague Child

Plague Child

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

The first instalment of a captivating trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War. September 1625: Plague cart driver, Matthew Kneave, is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet, on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry - the baby is alive. A plague child himself, and now immune from the disease, Matthew decides to raise it as his own. Fifteen years on, Matthew's son Tom is apprenticed to a printer in the City. Somebody is interested in him and is keen to turn him into a gentleman. He is even given an education. But Tom is unaware that he has a benefactor and soon he discovers that someone else is determined to kill him. The civil war divides families, yet Tom is divided in himself. Devil or saint? Royalist or radicalist? He is at the bottom of the social ladder, yet soon finds himself within reach of a great estate - one which he must give up to be with the girl he loves. Set against the fervent political climate of the period, 'Plague Child' is a remarkable story of discovery, identity and an England of the past.

Plague Child

Plague Child

Author: Peter Ransley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

The first instalment of a page-turning trilogy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War. September 1625: Plague cart driver, Matthew Neave, is sent to pick up the corpse of a baby. Yet, on the way to the plague pit, he hears a cry - the baby is alive. A plague child himself, and now immune from the disease, Matthew decides to raise it as his own. Fifteen years on, Matthew's son Tom is apprenticed to a printer in the City. Somebody is interested in him and is keen to turn him into a gentleman. He is even given an education. But Tom is unaware that he has a benefactor and soon he discovers that someone else is determined to kill him. The civil war divides families, yet Tom is divided in himself. Devil or saint? Royalist or radicalist? He is at the bottom of the social ladder, yet soon finds himself within reach of a great estate - one which he must give up to be with the girl he loves. Set against the fervent political climate of the period, 'Plague Child' is a remarkable story of discovery, identity and an England of the past.

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