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The Knot by Jane Borodale

The Knot

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From the author of the Orange New Writers shortlisted The Book of Fires comes The Knot, an extraordinarily evocative story of obsession, love and secrets.

If you like Jane Borodale you might also like to read books by Alison Weir, Geraldine Brooks and James Long.


The Knot by Jane Borodale

When Henry Lyte brings his young bride Frances home to his Somerset estate, he hopes she will share in his devotion to the garden - a refuge of fruit trees and flower beds, with a knot of herbs at its heart. Henry is a scholar, and his life's work is his 'herbal' - a book of plants and their medicinal properties, intended for those who cannot afford physicians' expensive cures. But life on the edges of the flood plains makes Frances uneasy, and there are strange rumours abroad concerning the death of Henry's first wife - rumours that can be traced to Henry's step-mother Joan Young, a grasping woman eager to seize control of the family's lands. And while Henry cannot tear himself from his studies, he stands the risk of losing everything he loves...


Praise for Jane Borodale's first novel, THE BOOK OF FIRES:

'Jane Borodale displays a deft touch in this very pleasing story
MAUREEN WALLER, Daily Telegraph

'Borodale's refreshingly original approach and engaging style makes 'The Book of Fires'
a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre' Yorkshire Evening Post

'A dark atmospheric novel from a fantastic new voice in fiction' Bury Free Press, Book of the Week

'This author's debut excels in it's portrayal of the lot of the 18th-century underclass, of the development of the dark art of pyrotechny and of the swift and usually harsh treatment of those whose sole crime was that of poverty... this 'Book of Fireworks really works and it sparkles along at a fizzingly glorious pace. Literary pyrotechnics on a grand scale

About the Author

Jane Borodale

Jane Borodale gained her MA from Wimbledon School of Art. She has written and exhibited work for a variety of sites, including the Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria, the Foundling Museum, London, and the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon, where she was writer-in-residence. She is currently Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Sussex, and lives in the West Country with her husband and two children.

Author photo © Sean Borodale

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Publication date

25th April 2013


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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


448 pages


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