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June 2013 Debut of the Month.
Meticulous research and superlative writing brings to life the little known but important Battle of Flodden in 1513 and the consequences to Scotland and its people. This racy adventure, combining political intrigue and romance is told through the eyes of several characters who either had a hand in bringing the country to war, or were deeply affected by the outcome. It makes for a compelling and educational read. Definitely one for fans of Rose Tremain and Hilary Mantel.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for After Flodden a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title.
- Lucinda Fountain - 'Exquisitely told and wonderfully written Rosemary Goring transports you back to the past with such dexterity, as she captures meticulously such intricate detail and vivid ambiance...This fascinating fictitious romp though Scotland’s past is an unputdownable, addictive read and a truly triumphant accomplishment!' Read full review >
- Lisa Redmond - 'After Flodden by Rosemary Goring is an outstanding fiction debut from a powerful and talented author... I cannot recommend this story highly enough; it is a must for all fans of Historical Fiction.' Read full review >
- Sue Broom - 'She has quite a way with words - memorable descriptions, particularly of the wild countryside and 16th century living conditions. Interesting characters, touching relationships, credible plot, fast-paced action - this book has it all. Heartily recommended.' Read full review >
- Barbara Goldie - 'A must read for anyone who loves a racy, historical, political or romantic novel, it ticks all these boxes and more to make it a must read for this year.' Read full review >
- Barry Griffiths - 'Told in an extraordinary poetic language both engaging and thought provoking, that gives you an idea of the everyday life at the time the story is set.' Read full review >
- Marion McCaffery - 'Rosemary Goring tells the story magnificenty, especially the battle scene...It is a fast moving tale of violent times. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical drama.' Read full review >
- Kathy Howell - 'This is a very good read. I was aware of the Battle of Flodden, even though I didn’t know too much about the actual event. This book, because of the excellent writing, is very evocative of the time and the area...' Read full review >
- Vanessa Wild - I will start the review by saying that I loved this book and found it a very engrossing read...A real page turner and one I would recommend to all historical fiction fans.' Read full review >
- Joy Bosworth - 'After Flodden is very much concerned with the battle of Flodden and the fall-out from it. I enjoy historical novels set in Tudor times and their sumptuous gowns and grand houses. This is the other side of the war.' Read full review >
- Margaret Freeman - 'Well written, well researched this is a compelling and powerful book, bringing the characters and the Edinburgh and Borders of 1513 vividly to life.' Read full review >
- Debbie Patrick - 'This is a well written book, set mainly after the events of Flodden battle but also telling of the events in the characters life’s prior to Flodden that lead them to that place & time.' Read full review >
- Janette Skinner - 'This book in really enjoyable and I learned a lot about history, military strategies and rules of engagement, but the book is much more than this.' Read full review >
- Mrs C. A. Tuckett - 'A very enjoyable read with Scottish history as a background.' Click here to read the full review. Read full review >
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After Flodden by Rosemary Goring
Patrick Paniter was James IV's right-hand man, a diplomatic genius who was in charge of the guns at the disastrous battle of Flodden in September 1513 in which the English annihilated the Scots. After the death of his king he is tormented by guilt as he relives the events that led to war. When Louise Brenier, daughter of a rogue sea trader, asks his help in finding out if her brother Benoit was killed in action, it is the least he can do to salve his conscience. Not satisfied with the news he brings, Louise sets off to find out the truth herself, and swiftly falls foul of one of the lawless clans that rule the ungovernable borderlands. After Flodden is a novel about the consequences of the battle of Flodden, as seen through the eyes of several characters who either had a hand in bringing the country to war, or were profoundly affected by the outcome. There have been very few novels about Flodden, despite its significance,and none from this perspective. It's a racy adventure, combining political intrigue and romance, and its readership will be anyone who loves historical fiction, or is interested in the history of Scotland and the turbulent, ungovernable borderlands between Scotland and England.
Reviews'A well-told tale of a violent time; fast-moving and packed with incident'
- Andrew Miller, Costa-winning author of Pure 'A well-crafted tale which drives forward with unremitting pace
- Scotland on Sunday 'Very good indeed, and hugely enjoyable
- Allan Massie, Scotsman 'A compelling story that weaves deftly amongst historical fact and fiction
- We Love This Book 'A swashbuckling tale in the best tradition of adventure fiction ... charged with melancholy and menace
- Times Literary Supplement 'Goring has a fine story to tell, a keen sense of place, and the ability to evoke mood. It's a compelling and gripping novel
- Scotsman '[A] beautiful and highly acclaimed debut novel
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Publication date29th May 2013
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