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The Secrets of Blythswood Square: The gripping and scandalous new 2024 Scottish historical novel from the acclaimed author of The Fair Botanists

Sara Sheridan

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Photography & photographs, Erotic & nude photography, Historical adventure, Historical fiction

A story of secrets, friendship and intrigue, set against the backdrop of subversive mid-19th century Glasgow, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Fair Botanists


'Gripping' Good Housekeeping
'Secrets discovered, ruinous rumours scotched, happiness regained and friendships founded' Daily Mail
'A novel of feeling and intellect which will surely and deservedly be a great success' Allan Massie, The Scotsman

You wouldn't suspect it, but scandalous secrets are being kept on Blythswood Square...

1846. Glasgow is a city on the cusp of great social change, but behind the curtains, neighbours are watching, and rumours of improper behaviour spread like wildfire on the respectable Blythswood Square.

When Charlotte Nicholl discovers that the fortune she has been bequeathed by her father is tied up in a secret collection of erotic art, she is faced with a terrible dilemma: sell it and risk shaming her family's good name or lose her home.

An encounter with Ellory Mann, a talented working-class photographer newly arrived in Glasgow, leads Charlotte to hope she has found not only someone who might help her, but also a friend. Yet Ellory is hiding secrets of her own - secrets that become harder to conceal as she finds herself drawn into Charlotte's world.

As the truth begins to catch up with both women, will it destroy everything they've fought to build - or set them both free?

Readers love Sara Sheridan's storytelling!
'I absolutely love Sara Sheridan's books. They're so easy to get into and so hard to put down. The Secrets of Bythwood Square is no exception. It's a great story populated with excellent, believable characters and woven with rich historical detail' 5* reader review, NetGalley
'A fascinating, atmospheric story which I greatly enjoyed' 5* reader review, NetGalley
'I absolutely loved it, finished it within 2 days' 5* reader review, NetGalley
'Wonderful characters and a beautifully interwoven story.' 4* reader review, NetGalley
'Sheridan creates an evocative, enjoyable portrait of two women determined to lead independent lives' SUNDAY TIMES
'Completely enchanting and fascinating . . . a rollicking and immensely readable tale' SCOTSMAN
'Lush, seductive and scandalous, this is a gorgeous read' DAILY MAIL
'A cracking good read' VAL MCDERMID
'Dazzling, original, full of wonderful characters' KATIE FFORDE
'What a beautiful, immersive gem of historical fiction' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'An absolute treat for fans of historical fiction and rich storytelling' RED

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Praise for The Secrets of Blythswood Square: The gripping and scandalous new 2024 Scottish historical novel from the acclaimed author of The Fair Botanists

  • Dripping with intrigue and luscious prose, this sumptuous novel shines a light on a Glasgow long past ... Sherdian's fine writing and expert characterisation just pull you in, so you can hear silk skirts swish and secret doors creak, as if you too are dwelling amongst the bustle of Blytheswood Square. I loved it - Karen Campbell

  • A gripping and beautifully written book - ES Thomson

  • An enchanting new novel - Scots Magazine

  • Sheridan is a mistress of the historical novel, and reading her latest book feels at times like stepping into an elaborate period drama set in Edinburgh and Glasgow . . . this is essential reading - Scottish Field Magazine

  • A gripping novel - Good Housekeeping

  • Sheridan's spry plot sees secrets discovered, ruinous rumours scotched, happiness regained and friendships founded in a novel that celebrates the search for autonomy - Daily Mail

  • A novel of feeling and intellect . . . a rich and compelling story. - The Scotsman

  • There's never any sense of time being wasted. Sheridan meticulously fills out her characters . . . a positive, optimistic novel. - The Herald Scotland

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Sara Sheridan

Sara Sheridan is an Edinburgh-based writer of over 20 books. As well as the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries she writes historical novels based in the late-Georgian and early Victorian period. She has also written non-fiction, including remapping Scotland according to women's history for Historic Environment Scotland. She has been named one of the Saltire Society's 365 most influential women, past and present.

Sara tweets about her writing life as @sarasheridan and has a Facebook page at @sarasheridanwriter.

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