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A Secret Alchemy

Emma Darwin

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction

Cruel betrayals, royal secrets and an ancient murder: Possession meets The Other Boleyn Girl in the heartbreaking story of the Princes in the Tower.

Two murdered princes; a powerful queen betrayed; a nobleman riding towards his certain death... The story of the Princes in the Tower has been one of the most fascinating - and most brutal - murder mysteries in history for more than five hundred years. In a brilliant feat of historical daring, Emma Darwin has recreated the terrible, exhilarating world of the two youngest victims of the War of the Roses.

In A SECRET ALCHEMY, three voices speak: that of Elizabeth Woodville, the beautiful widow of King Edward IV; of her brother Anthony, surrogate father to the doomed Prince Edward and his brother Dickon; and that of present-day historian Una Pryor. Orphaned, and herself brought up in a family where secrets and rivalries threaten her world, Una's experience of tragedy, betrayal and lost love help her unlock the long-buried secrets that led to the princes' deaths. Weaving their stories together, Emma Darwin brilliantly evokes how the violence and glamour of past ages live on within our present.

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Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin was born in 1964. Her first novel, THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE, was acclaimed in nine countries; A SECRET ALCHEMY is her second. She lives in London.

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