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Written by Livi Michael

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Succession Synopsis

'Clever...the narrative has the colour and power of the best of the chronicles she uses.' - Sunday Times Margaret of Anjou is young, beautiful, French and wildly unpopular when she marries England's ill-fated Henry VI. After the English are banished from France, civil war erupts. Margaret becomes a warrior queen, fighting for her husband's right to be king and her son's position as his rightful heir. Meanwhile, heiress Margaret Beaufort is born into a troubled inheritance. Fiercely sought after by courtiers, by the age of thirteen she has married twice and given birth to her only son, who will be the future king of England. But then he is taken from her. . .

Succession Press Reviews

Clever...the narrative has the colour and power of the best of the chronicles she uses. * Sunday Times * Lively . . . Michael paints the Middle Ages in spare and elegant prose. * New York Times Book Review * A heartfelt account of the eye-opening, hair-raising early life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. -- Suzannah Dunn * Waterstones blog, 'Author's Books of the Year 2014' * Portrayed beautifully, honestly * Historical Novel Review * Livi Michael invests intimate and poignant humanity into the personal tragedies of an era wrought with conflict and terror -- Elizabeth Fremantle, author of Queen's Gambit

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241197974
Publication date: 30th July 2015
Author: Livi Michael
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages

About Livi Michael

Livi Michael has published six novels for adults: Rebellion, published in 2015, Succession, published in 2014; Under a Thin Moon which won the Arthur Welton award in 1992; Their Angel Reach which won the Faber Prize in 1995; All the Dark Air (1997) which was shortlisted for the Mind Award; and Inheritance, which won a Society of Authors Award. Livi has two sons and lives in Greater Manchester. She teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

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