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In eighteenth-century Sussex, a young girl seeks revenge for the death of her father – an intoxicating historical novel that explores Southern England’s smuggling past.
The year is 1742. Goody Brown, saved from drowning and adopted when just a babe, has grown up happily in the smuggling town of Winchelsea. But when she turns sixteen, her father is murdered by men he thought were friends.
In a town where lawlessness prevails, Goody and her brother Francis must enter the cut-throat world of her father’s killers in order to find justice. Facing high seas and desperate villains, she discovers what life can be like without constraints or expectations, developing a taste for danger that makes her blood run fast.
Goody was never born to be a gentlewoman. But what will she become instead?
To celebrate the release of the book, Canongate have brilliant digital resources and a display competition for libraries.
The digital pack includes:
- A downloadable poster
- A historical maps of the area local to Winchelsea
- A quote sheet
- A downloadable Reading Group Guide
To celebrate this remarkable historical novel, libraries are invited to take part in a display competition. The best library display will win a hamper of Sussex goodies worth £100. Displays should be tagged #Winchelsea and tag CanongateBooks and ReadingAgency on social media.
Just some of the praise for Winchelsea:
‘Boisterous . . . evocative . . . spellbinding’ Guardian
‘A swashbuckling smuggler’s tale . . . told with exhilarating colour and flair’ Economist
‘[A] spellbinding read, both gory and gorgeous’ Daily Mail
‘A bawdy, thunderous romp that echoes with cannon fire, sea shanties and the occasional plaintive cry of a nightjar’ Financial Times
‘I was riveted. Winchelsea is a great read’ Penelope Lively
‘A remarkable act of literary time travel: dark and gripping and soaked in blood and salt water’ Evie Wyld‘Daphne du Maurier crossed with Quentin Tarantino. . . thrilling’ Tom Holland
Download the digital assets here.
If you have any questions please email Kimberley.Sheehan@readingagency.org.uk.