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The King's Exile by Andrew Swanston
  

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A rich historical adventure, this follows on from The King’s Spy, the first in this trilogy, but takes a very different course as mild-mannered Thomas Hill’s luck turns bad and he’s indentured to slavery in Barbados. Set against the backdrop of the English Civil War this vividly shows what life in a colony was like during the period with plenty of villainous intrigue to keep the pages turning quickly and Thomas on his toes. Fans of the series will be fascinated to see how his character progresses and on tenterhooks to discover how his fortunes may turn again in book three.

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Synopsis

The King's Exile by Andrew Swanston

Spring, 1648. When Thomas Hill, a bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. He is quickly arrested, forced on a boat to Barbados and condemned to life as a slave to two of the island's most notoriously violent brothers. In England war has erupted again, with London under threat of attack. When news of the king's execution reaches the island, political stability is threatened and a fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell. The threat of violence increases. Thomas finds himself witness to abuse, poison, rape and savage brutality. When a coded message from Ayscue to a sympathiser on the island is intercepted, Thomas is asked to decipher it. A disastrous battle seems inevitable. But nothing turns out as planned. And as the death toll mounts, the escape Thomas has been relying on seems ever more unlikely.


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An excellent sequel: rich, rewarding, intricate but with that strong narrative drive that marks out a true page-turner. Thomas Hill has grown in depth and breadth and is a truly sympathetic character. - M.C. SCOTT


About the Author

After reading Law at Cambridge University, Andrew Swanston held various positions in the book trade, including being a director of Waterstone & Co and chairman of Methven's PLC, before turning to full-time writing. Inspired by a lifelong interest in seventeenth-century history, his Thomas Hill novels are set during the English Civil War, and the early period of the Restoration. He lives with his wife in Surrey.

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Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Andrew Swanston

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Historical mysteries

ISBN

9780552166119

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