The King's Exile

by Andrew Swanston

Part of the Thomas Hill Novels Series

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The King's Exile Synopsis

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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The King's Exile Press Reviews

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


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ISBN: 9780552166119
Publication date: 24/04/2014
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552166119
Publication date: 24th April 2014
Author: Andrew Swanston
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Andrew Swanston

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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