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GIVEAWAY – 3 copies of historical novel Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig – SCOTLAND

24th October 2021

We are delighted to offer three copies of the historical novel Rose Nicolson, set in Scotland in the 16th Century.

3 copies of historical novel Rose Nicolson

“A triumph” “The best historical novel I’ve read for a long time” “Sixteenth Century Scotland comes to life”

Embra, winter of 1574. Queen Mary has fled Scotland, to raise an army from the French. Her son and heir, Jamie is held under protection in Stirling Castle. John Knox is dead. The people are unmoored and lurching under the uncertain governance of this riven land. It’s a deadly time for young student Will Fowler, short of stature, low of birth but mightily ambitious, to make his name.

Fowler has found himself where the scorch marks of the martyrs burned at the stake can be seen on every street, where differences in doctrine can prove fatal, where the feuds of great families pull innocents into their bloody realm. There he befriends the austere stick-wielding philosopher Tom Nicolson, son of a fishing family whose sister Rose, untutored, brilliant and exceedingly beautiful exhibits a free-thinking mind that can only bring danger upon her and her admirers.

The lowly students are adept at attracting the attentions of the rich and powerful, not least Walter Scott, brave and ruthless heir to Branxholm and Buccleuch, who is set on exploiting the civil wars to further his political and dynastic ambitions. His friendship and patronage will lead Will to the to the very centre of a conspiracy that will determine who will take Scotland’s crown.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 11/11/2021 at 8:58 am




  2. User: Becca0706

    Posted on: 09/11/2021 at 9:43 pm

    Half a yellow sun is my all time favourite!


  3. User: Georgie Wright

    Posted on: 06/11/2021 at 7:14 pm

    It’s difficult to choose just one of the series but I think it’d have to be The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.


  4. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 06/11/2021 at 12:42 pm

    September by Rosamude Pilcher


  5. User: mkinsey

    Posted on: 06/11/2021 at 9:59 am

    I recently read Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka and absolutely loved it. It’s historical fiction set in Japan, a real adventure!


  6. User: Andrzej Szymanski

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 11:47 pm

    Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett


  7. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 9:07 pm

    Kate Mosse Labyrinth had me dreaming of trips to France


  8. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 8:42 pm

    The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich


  9. User: Tracy B

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 6:59 pm

    Any of Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge series are my favourites


  10. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 11:39 am

    My favourite is Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory.


  11. User: Angela Oakley

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 11:12 am

    EmpireLand Sathnam Sanghera


  12. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 11:12 am

    Wolf hall although this was quite a difficult read I found the story fascinating and really felt I was part of the intrigue of the reign of Henry VIII. It is one of those books worth persevering with and enthralling


  13. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 10:10 am

    Lamentation by C.J. Sansom…..unforgettable plus all the Phillipa Gregory books I seem to be addicted to!


  14. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 9:40 am

    I would love to read Rose Nicolson. One of my favourite historical novels was about the Easter Rising in Ireland. The characters watched the approach of the boats in the bay from the top of the Post Office Tower. I would love to read it again but don’t know the author or the title.


  15. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 9:33 am

    I would love to read Rose Nicolson.
    One of my best historical reads was about the Easter Risings in Ireland. I remember the characters looking out to the boats in the bay from the top of the Post Office Building. I would love to find it and read it again but I can’t remember the title or the author


  16. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 9:31 am

    I once read a book about the Easter Risings in Ireland and I enjoyed it tremendously. I remember that they were watching the boats in the harbour from the top of the Post Office building. I wish I could find the book again


  17. User: Tracey Poulter

    Posted on: 05/11/2021 at 9:21 am

    Queen’s Gambit


  18. User: MarkMinnie

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 10:15 pm

    My favourite book of all time is Emperor by Colin Thubron . Its about Constantine’s campaigns before his triumphal return to Rome . Its just magical writing .


  19. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 8:36 pm

    I really enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front – if that counts 🙂


  20. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 4:09 pm

    I recently read The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien. It was great, I love historical fiction with a female narrator.


  21. User: Erica Hughes

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve loved the Wolf Hall trilogy


  22. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 2:23 pm

    Tough to choose but I think it must be Labyrinth by Kate Mosse


  23. User: zeenie

    Posted on: 04/11/2021 at 6:23 am

    Hilary Mantel writes great books


  24. User: Jamie Butt

    Posted on: 03/11/2021 at 9:10 pm

    I love Phillipa Gregory’s books, they’re amazing!


  25. User: mumliz

    Posted on: 03/11/2021 at 4:46 pm

    i love anything set in ww2. i find the stories so interesting


  26. User: Jenn Gillies

    Posted on: 03/11/2021 at 2:41 pm

    I have always loved Phillipa Gregory.


  27. User: Travel Books and Movies

    Posted on: 03/11/2021 at 1:43 am

    Oooh, that’s tough…I have to say “The Nightingale”–I just listened to it this year and I felt that one deeply!


  28. User: Rozws

    Posted on: 02/11/2021 at 7:47 pm

    I love anything by Andrew Taylor – especially his Restoration series of novels.


  29. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 02/11/2021 at 6:49 pm

    Love Elizabeth Goudges books x


  30. User: Joanna Phillimore

    Posted on: 02/11/2021 at 4:49 am

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell


  31. User: Pin King Mouse

    Posted on: 01/11/2021 at 10:27 pm

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


  32. User: andyi

    Posted on: 01/11/2021 at 7:17 pm

    Love Philippa Gregory.


  33. User: Michael Hanley

    Posted on: 01/11/2021 at 3:11 pm

    Stacey Halls ‘The Foundling’


  34. User: Lynne Manton

    Posted on: 01/11/2021 at 4:59 am

    Anything by Philippa Gregory


  35. User: Lesevans6

    Posted on: 01/11/2021 at 4:10 am

    Gone With The Wind


  36. User: clairew137

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 7:43 pm

    I like books by Tracy Chevalier


  37. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 6:28 pm

    Where The Crawdads Sing


  38. User: bopper

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 6:09 pm

    I enjoy those that are set in the wars and battlefields of the past


  39. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 4:12 pm

    I love all the Philippa Gregory novels


  40. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 3:07 pm

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


  41. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 2:47 pm

    simply tell us your favourite historical fiction read . . .
    ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ by Jean M Auel
    l have read it and re-read it so many times and each time l find something new. Very well researched and l love the rest of the series but l keep coming back to Clan of the Cave Bear


  42. User: Amy

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 12:21 pm

    The Glass Palace


  43. User: Heather N

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 10:45 am

    I love lots of historical novels but I think some of my favourites are the Shardlake series by C. J. Samson.


  44. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 10:31 am

    I love outlander


  45. User: Jean Tomlinson

    Posted on: 31/10/2021 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been reading books about the Pendle witch trials recently.


  46. User: Sushka

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 10:35 pm

    One of my favourite is Philippa Gregory, “Tudor”


  47. User: Quod

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 4:55 pm

    Hilary Mantel books especially Wolf Hall


  48. User: MrsJ2000

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 4:44 pm

    Labyrinth by kate mosse


  49. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 2:06 pm

    I love all the Jean Plaidy books and can read them over again


  50. User: Jake Casey

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 1:38 pm

    The Falco


  51. User: Riddler

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 1:09 pm

    The Agincourt Bride, Joanna Hickson maybe


  52. User: Kathleen marsden

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 12:32 pm

    The House by the Marsh
    by William Blyghton
    A great insight into grief


  53. User: Lizbey

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 12:23 pm

    My absolute favourite historical fiction books are Dorothy Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles – like the author herself, I’m more than a little in love with Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny.


  54. User: LadySpirit

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 12:05 pm

    Anthying to do with Mary Queen of Scots and/or Elizabeth 1

    I also love the Legends of King Arthur.


  55. User: cag2712

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 9:56 am

    The Falco books by Lindsey Davis going all the way back to ancient Rome.


  56. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 30/10/2021 at 9:45 am

    I love novels about the Tudors, Philippa Gregory is a firm favourite.


  57. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 29/10/2021 at 7:05 am

    I love the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel, in fact just about anything set in Tudor times. But I think my favourite ever historical read was The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, because it so vividly brought to life a place and time I knew so little about. Close behind, and for the same reason, A Far Distant Land by David Field.


  58. User: maximka25

    Posted on: 28/10/2021 at 10:35 am

    It’s a difficult choice to pick just one historical novel, but one of my top favourite books in the last year was Advent by Jane Fraser set in 1904 in Wales. An absolute gem of a book!


  59. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 27/10/2021 at 11:26 pm

    I love Victoria Hislop’s The Island about leprosy on Spinalonga


  60. User: eshaah1

    Posted on: 26/10/2021 at 12:35 am

    The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh


  61. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 25/10/2021 at 6:45 am

    The Foundling and The Familiars, both written by Stacey Halls.



    • User: Lisa

      Posted on: 25/10/2021 at 4:06 pm

      Ooh, that’s a difficult one! I enjoyed both but if I had to choose just one then I would choose The Foundling as it inspired me to learn more about the Foundling Hospital and the lives of the children who lived there.


    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 25/10/2021 at 7:16 am

      Oh, yes, they are good choices!!! Did you have a preference for one or the other?


  62. User: philatel

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 10:21 pm

    I love – and still have – most of the Jean Plaidy books.


  63. User: sunshinegirl29

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 7:18 pm

    I have read most of the Philippa Gregory Plantagenet and Tudor novels


  64. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 6:13 pm

    Gosh, such a list of favourite historical authors! Jean Plaidy, Elizabeth Chadwick, Sharon Penman, Reay Tannahill, Ellis Peters…this list is long…and I can’t possibly pick out individual titles!


  65. User: sararose

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 5:55 pm

    During lockdown I read so many historical novels in strict chronological order. I think I like Philippa Gregory best but I also enjoyed Alison Weir and Kate Furnival.


  66. User: Janine

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 5:31 pm

    All the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon


  67. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 24/10/2021 at 4:55 pm

    Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton – set in 18th century Spitalfields and based around the Huguenot silk weavers. So atmospheric with a focus on the perspectives of two women.


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