Dramatic historical pageturner, a reimagined story of a true crime - the kidnapping of a wealthy, titled woman; Author with a strong track record, combined with a popular subject and setting: Jacobites and St Kilda; A `name' author whose MasterChef fame complements her growing reputation for commercial historical fiction.
As well as writing three very popular historical thrillers, Down to the Sea, The Night He Left and Fields of Blue Flax, Sue Lawrence is one of the UK's leading cookery writers and broadcasters. Having trained as a journalist, she won BBC's MasterChef in 1991 and became a food writer, Cookery Editor of the Sunday Times and a regular contributor to Scotland on Sunday and many leading magazines; she also appears frequently on BBC Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet. Born in Dundee, she was raised in Edinburgh, where she now lives. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards and a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award and is the author of more than 20 books.
"The wronged lady finally has her say ... One of the strangest and most disturbing stories to have emerged from Scotland's Jacobite past." The Times; "From the Jacobite intrigues of eighteenth-century Edinburgh to Scotland's dark and sea-battered islands, Lady Grange's life is one of eye-popping incident. An amazing story." Sally Magnusson; "Swept me along breathlessly ... The cruelty and complexity of eighteenth-century Scottish society is richly represented." Dr Annie Gray; "A fascinating historical novel ... utterly compelling ... a book we'd highly recommend." Undiscovered Scotland; "A superlative page-turner" Scones and Chaise Longues blog; "A compelling narrative ... fitting current trends in historical fiction, where women's history is centralised and new light shed on their position in the past ... An enjoyable read." Historical Novels Review; "There's kidnapping, mystery, intrigue, romance and even murder ... a very enjoyable romp through an interesting period of Jacobean history ... gave a voice to someone who has, like many women, largely been forgotten or misrepresented in history." Portobello Book Blog; "Fleshing out the limited details available about Lady Grange's life, Sue Lawrence has created a fascinating, enjoyable and eminently readable piece of historical fiction." Ramblingmads; "Fascinating, entertaining ... an addictive read." Jera's Jamboree; "This is a fantastic and gripping story and I highly recommend." Geraldine Gatsby; "I absolutely loved this richly drawn novel." Beauty Balm; "Rachel is the very embodiment of female power in a period of time when women had very little ... This is a powerful book, of a dark but in some ways uplifting story that might just take you away from our current craziness." Bookbound; Reviews for Sue Lawrence's previous fiction: "Excellent ... Intriguing .. Full of fear and danger. This page-turning historical novel holds many twists and turns." Historical Novels Review; "Plenty of intrigue, there is much to enjoy here ... tension ... smart twists ... particularly strong descriptions of food and scents ... her cast of characters, most of them women, are all distinct individuals." Louise Fairbairn, Scotland on Sunday; "Fascinating ... Lawrence's skill of storytelling allows for the tension to really build throughout." Scottish Field