February, 1926. The city of London is tense in the days leading up to The General Strike. Evelyn Gifford, (protagonist of THE CRIMSON ROOMS) has now qualified as a solicitor - and is one of the first women to do so - but her life remains full of conflict. Embroiled in two new cases, Evelyn finds herself encountering both sides of the strike. A young maid is accused of a stealing a letter and as Evelyn becomes involved with her family, she finds a brother deeply involved in the unions and a father whose temper threatens to destroy everything. Her other case could not be more different - an aristocrat whose husband, a factory owner and money man, claims not to be the father of her child. When Evelyn's beloved grandmother dies, her aunt takes off on a tour of India and Meredith journeys to the south of France, leaving Evelyn very much alone. But not for long - an unexpected proposal coincides with the return of a former love and Evelyn must ask herself what matters most - security or passion. She also discovers a secret hidden in her mother's past - a mystery that throws a very different light on the cases she is investigating.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
Set around the General Strike in London in 1926, this courtroom drama features Evelyn Gifford, a female solicitor – one of few women in the legal profession at that time. As political events and tensions dominate the news, the threat of the strike escalates and its possible consequences presage dark days ahead. Evelyn has been instructed in a simple case of theft, but she comes to know the family of the accused – and their involvement in the strike – all too well, and when it’s an altogether more serious crime for which Evelyn has to represent them, the implications for her personal safety are great. Concurrently, she is advising a wealthy socialite whose husband claims he is not the father of her child and seeks a divorce; while worlds apart, the cases have a surprising common denominator. Encompassing romance, family secrets, legal drama and real-life events, this novel offers a rich read.
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Katharine McMahon was our Guest Editor in April 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Katharine McMahon is the author of seven historical novels including The Alchemist’s Daughter, a Waterstone’s Paperback of the Year in 2006, the bestselling Rose of Sebastopol, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2008, and The Crimson Rooms. She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick. She lives in Hertfordshire. She relies on ...More About Katharine McMahon