Once more it’s all about queens and queenship this year . . . And not just because Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe, comes out in paperback in the autumn, in both the UK and the US. I’m delighted to say the book has also been bought for foreign territories stretching from China to Spain and Poland, and optioned for possible drama in the UK.
But as well as Game, I have coming out The Queen’s Mary, a novel about one of the famous ‘Four Marys’ attendant on Mary, Queen of Scots. It will be available in hardback in September, and online from 1 July.
In November I’m bringing out Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown, a brief biography celebrating 90 years of Elizabeth II. I’ve already been speaking about the modern monarchy on tv this year in several episodes of Channel 4’s The Royal House of Windsor, and on Inside Westminster Abbey and Inside St Paul’s Cathedral on Channel 5, as well as on the BBC.
Through summer and autumn I’ll be working on a very different twentieth-century subject – the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Nary a queen in sight! But I’ll also be preparing to start work on a longer book, which looks further backwards into history and which, yes, takes me back to female royalty.
June 15, 6.30, Oadby Library, Leics, Game of Queens
June 27, 5.00, Chalke Valley History Festival, Game of Queens
June 28, 10.30, Chalke Valley Schools Festival, Game of Queens
August 4 – 6, Abroad Writers’ Conference, Kinsale, Ireland, leading a workshop on historical fact and historical fiction
September 20, Chelsea Luncheon Club, Blood Sisters
September 29, time tbc, Lincoln Book Festival, Queens and Power (with Alison Weir)
October 3 – 12, leading ‘Tudor Tapestry’ tour (for Alison Weir Tours)
October 13, 4.00, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Queens and Power (with Alison Weir)