England, 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different...
Tidelands is the first book in a new series by bestselling author Philippa Gregory. To celebrate its release in August, we're giving away eight of her historical novels, including The Red Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter and her riveting new book – all signed by Philippa Gregory.
Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.
Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.
Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.
10 lucky runners-up will each win a signed copy of Tidelands.