Annie Garthwaite is the guest speaker at All Stretton WI on Tuesday 19th July at 7.30pm 2022

This historical debut novel by Annie Garthwaite by The Sunday Times  as ‘best new historical fiction for July 2021’) reimagines the story of Cecily Neville, the Duchess of York and mother to two kings of England—Edward IV and Richard III. Cecily was the ‘last woman standing’ of the Wars of the Roses, surviving far beyond her house’s ruin, but not previously seen as a vital player. Booksellers here have read and thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel, it is a wonderful and intriguing window into the lives of women in fifteenth century Britain.

Annie Garthwaite, who now lives in East Shropshire, wrote Cecily after enrolling in an MA at Warwick University at the age of 55 where she was tutored by Sarah Moss, who called Cecily “a startling heroine”. Annie says, “This novel has been in my mind for over 30 years. In the end I gave up my career to write it. Though Cecily lived 500 years ago, she’s a woman we can feel kinship with today and the questions she faced still resonate in our post-feminist age: What comes first, love or ambition? Who commands our first loyalties? How far might courage take us? I hope readers will find her story stirring and inspiring.”

Annie will be popped in to sign copies Monday 26th July 2021 – Photo of Annie’s first ever copy of Cecily signed in an independent bookshop

Cecily signed copies of the paperback now available will be available at £8.99

Our ‘Stained Glass’ Window for the publication of Cecily by Annie Garthwaite

Cecily by Annie Garthwaite