The Royal Game


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A gripping new historical romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author

About the Author

Anne O'Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master's in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history. She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.


'A wonderfully immersive and intriguing read, meticulously researched. I was completely captivated' Barbara Erskine

'A gorgeously insightful, inspiring and courageous read' Frost Magazine

'An engrossing story of one family's attempts to gain land and power in fifteenth century England ... an eye-opening insight into how wealth was gained and lost in late medieval England as well as a pleasure to read' Mick Finlay

'Fast paced, immersive historical fiction that breathes life into the figures that populated our Medieval past - I thoroughly enjoyed it!' Anita Frank

'A gripping historical novel that captures the turbulent rise of one of the most influential families of the Middle Ages in rich and exciting detail' Nicola Cornick

Praise for Anne O'Brien:

'A compelling story of divided loyalties and family betrayals. Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman & Home

'There are historical novels and then there are the works of Anne O'Brien - and this is another hit' Sun

'O'Brien manages to reinvent historical fiction' My Weekly

'Dramatic and highly evocative' Woman's Weekly

'One of the best writers around ... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' Sun

'O'Brien is a terrific story teller' Daily Telegraph

'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times

'This thrilling historical novel has it all - high politics, drama, emotion, excellent writing ... It's a rollercoaster of a read' Carol McGrath

'A deftly woven journey. Impeccable research shines through' Matt Lewis

'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home

'The characters are larger than life ... and the author a compulsive storyteller' Sunday Express

'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics' Cosmopolitan

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