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Winchelsea by Alex Preston - digital assets and display competition



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

Display competition

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

‘Glorious’ Spectator

‘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


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