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Beautiful Star
Andrew Swanston

History is brought alive by those it effects, rather than those that created it. In Beautiful Star we meet Eilmer, a monk in 1010 with Icarus-like dreams; Charles I, hiding in 1651, and befriended by a small boy; the trial of Jane Wenham, Witch of Walkern, seen through the eyes of her granddaughter. This is a moving and affecting journey through time, bringing a new perspective to the defence of Corfe Castle, the battle of Waterloo, the siege of Toulon and, in the title story, the devastating dangers of life at sea in 1875.

Praise

"Narrated in unflashy prose, intriguing and occasionally eye-opening, these quietly revisionist stories are a pleasure to read."

Daily Mail

"Colourful and gripping historical novel."

i-Newspaper

"Beautifully done. All the sights, smells and sounds of Elizabethan England are there."

Historical Novel Review

"Wonderful - rich, deep, intelligent and thoughtful, with clearly drawn characters and just the right amount of suspense."

M.C. Scott, author of The Emporer's Spy series

"The plot canters along from the very first page... I cannot wait for the next one."

Madhatter