‘Altogether a marvellous writer’ - Sunday Times

The Lady of Misrule

The new bestseller from historical fiction author, Suzannah Dunn

“I saw her file it away: a good Catholic girl come to supervise her in her detention. Every girl in England now, under the circumstances, made sure to be a good Catholic girl. Except her, of course. And, if only she knew it, me.” Escorting ‘nine days queen’ Lady Jane Grey across the Tower of London from throne room into imprisonment is Elizabeth Tilney, who surprised even herself by volunteering for the job.  All Elizabeth knows is she’s keen to be away from home, she could do with some breathing space.  And anyway, it won’t be for long:  everyone knows…

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Praise for Suzannah Dunn

‘A wonderful novel, a skilful and moving reimagining of history’ Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, on The Lady of Misrule

‘A genius for catching ordinary life…an Alan Bennett-ish gift for social observation…Altogether a marvellous writer’ Sunday Times

‘Her ear for the rhythms of speech is unerring, her feeling for the minutiae of experience acute.  It takes a good deal of artistry to create the illusion of real life and she has managed something more difficult still, which is to show us how strange real life can be’ The Times

‘A wonderful wit’ Malcolm Bradbury

‘Dunn is a remarkable writer, a lyricist of ordinary life and ordinary people transfigured by extreme emotions’ Daily Telegraph

‘Her prose has a real tang’ James Wood, Guardian

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Suzannah Dunn has enjoyed critical and commercial success for over 25 years, selling over a quarter of a million copies of her historical novels in the UK alone. She was picked by Julie Burchill for a ‘Best Under 40’ list of writers alongside Robert Harris, Edward St Aubyn and Helen Simpson, in response to Granta’s first list in 1993. Suzannah Dunn wrote six critically acclaimed contemporary novels and a short story collection before her first historical novel, The Queen of Subtleties, was published in 2004. Her distinctive Tudor novels provide a unique take on the period, telling the stories of extraordinary women living through extraordinary times.

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Suzannah Dunn at Hexham Book Festival 2016

Posted on 4th April 2016

Portrait photo of Suzannah DunnSuzannah Dunn at Hexham Book Festival 2016

Tuesday 26th April, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Those Tudors! We can’t get enough of their treacherous ways. And this novel about the imprisonment and execution of the icily Protestant Lady
Jane Grey and her catholic, pleasure-seeking young companion Elizabeth Tilney, ticks all the boxes. Expect religious fervour, vexed issues of royal lineage and unfettered political ambition as Lady Jane descends towards the scaffold. Even knowing the outcome doesn’t stop you reading until
the very last line.

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Tickets: £10/ £8 (concs)

Venue: Theatre, Queen’s Hall

Beaumont Street, Hexham
NE46 3LS
01434 652477

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