Journalist and editor Catherine Ostler and historical fiction writer Annie Garthwaite explore the lives of…Book Tickets
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Journalist and editor Catherine Ostler and historical fiction writer Annie Garthwaite explore the lives of two fascinating women from British history, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York during the Wars of the Roses, and Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston in the late 18th Century.
ANNIE GARTHWAITE’s stunning debut novel Cecily reimagines the life of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, one of the most powerful women of 15th century Britain. Described as ‘Wolf Hall for the 2020s’, the novel plunges readers into the blood and exhilaration of the first days of the Wars of the Roses, from a vividly female perspective. ‘I loved it . . . Annie Garthwaite writes about the past with a kind of restrained, earthy vim, and with the sort of intimacy and immediacy – and empathy – that can only come from graft and craft’ ―Toby Clements.
CATHERINE OSTLER talks to Roger Hudson about the remarkable Elizabeth Chudleigh, subject of her biography The Duchess Countess, a woman who refused to be defined by society’s expectations. When she went on trial for bigamy in 1776, the story drew more attention than the American War of Independence. From her life at the royal court to her extravagances, her building projects (including Thorseby) and her friendships with Catherine the Great and the Pope, this is a ‘Superb, gripping, decadent, colourful biography that brings an extra-ordinary woman and a whole world blazingly to life …. unforgettable, unputdownable.’ ―Simon Sebag Montefiore. Catherine was editor of Tatler and ES Magazine and the book is a Telegraph Best Book of 2021.