From Daphne du Maurier to Rose Tremain, the English Civil War and Restoration periods have long provided a rich seam of material for writers of fiction.
We are delighted to welcome two novelists to Stroud Book Festival, who explore all the politics, conflict and intrigue of this colourful time in history in their work.
Andrew Taylor is the bestselling author of almost 50 crime and historical novels, and winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifelong excellence in the genre. Set at the court of Charles II in 1667, his latest crime thriller is “The King’s Evil”, the third in his series featuring traitor’s son turned detective, James Marwood.
Cynthia Jefferies wrote successfully for children as Cindy Jefferies for many years, and has been translated into over twenty languages. Her first novel for adults was published last year. Her second, “The Honourable Life of Thomas Chayne”, is set throughout England on the brink of civil war and sees Thomas Chayne taking part in the storming of his local town, Cirencester.
In conversation with Jane Bailey, Andrew and Cynthia will talk about their latest novels, and explain why they find this historical period so inspiring creatively.