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The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle
  

The Girl in the Glass Tower

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One of our Books of the Year 2016.

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Another gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction from Elizabeth Freemantle. Arbella Stuart, with her impressive lineage was a Queen in the making. As Elizabeth I dominated and ferociously defended her reign, Arbella was in a hideously dangerous position as presumed heir. Aemilia Lanyer is a remarkable historical figure in her own right, and in this novel finds her story linked to Arbella, two separate stories, yet the tales intertwine. Arbella’s is told in the first person with a touching fragility and intensity, as Ami reads Arbella’s papers and recollects. Elizabeth Fremantle has such a lyrical and evocative writing style, I bore witness to two women who longed to fly free, I felt their loneliness and pain and supported their strength and tenacity. A sense of foreboding pervades the pages, and knowing the course of history doesn't alter the connection to this story. Haunting, emotional and thought-provoking, ‘The Girl in the Glass Tower’ is a beautiful foray into the past. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Elizabeth Fremantle you might also like to read books by Philippa Gregory, Emily Purdy and DarceyBonnette.

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Synopsis

The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle

Arbella Stuart is trapped behind the towering glass windows of Hardwick Hall. Kept cloistered from a world that is full of dangers for someone with royal blood. Half the country wish to see her on the throne and many others for her death, which would leave the way clear for her cousin James, the Scottish King Arbella longs to be free from her cold-hearted grandmother; to love who she wants, to wear a man's trousers and ride her beloved horse, Dorcas. But if she ever wishes to break free she must learn to navigate the treacherous game of power, or end up dead.

Reviews

Elizabeth Fremantle's The Girl in the Glass Tower is a stunning historical thriller set in the chaos leading up to the death of Elizabeth I. * from publisher's description * Filled with dense, dark political and social intrigue, this is five-star historical fiction * Daily Mail * If you read one Tudor tome this summer, make it this one. Fascinating and vividly drawn, the ending is heartbreaking * The Times 'Book of the Month' * A top-notch literary thriller. Shots are fired, troths are plighted, sea voyages taken, escapes dared and mysteries solved * Daily Telegraph * An eloquent novel, steeped in Tudor literary culture * Express * Beautifully written, completely engrossing and a book that stays with you after the pages areclosed. Highly recommended * Historia * An enthralling, powerful tale -- Antonia Senior Arbella Stuart was a pawn, at the mercy of the powerful people around her. Hers is a sad and moving tale, and Fremantle tells it beautifully * History Girls * Fremantle shows how dangerous it was being closely related to Elizabeth I. A cracking read * Prima * A gorgeously readable and oh so captivating slice of historical fiction. Haunting, emotional and thought-provoking, The Girl in the Glass Tower is a beautiful foray into the past * Lovereading, 'Book of the Month' * Elizabeth Fremantle is a skilful and beguiling writer. A master of her craft. She perfectly captures a sense of time and place and draws her characters with skill and sensitivity, capturing the reader's attention and holding it right to the end -- Santa Montefiore


About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason and Watch the Lady. She holds a first in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As a Fashion Editor she has contributed to various publications including Vogue, Elle, and Vanity Fair.

Author Photo © Phyllis Christopheri

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Publication date

2nd June 2016

Author

Elizabeth Fremantle

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780718180461

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