The new novel from bestselling historical novelist Suzannah Dunn
Arrested by her sister for treason, who in her household can Elizabeth trust?
1553: deeply-divided England rejoices as the rightful heir, Mary Tudor, sweeps to power on a tide of populist goodwill. But the people should have been careful what they wished for: Mary's mission is to turn back time to an England of old. Within weeks there is widespread rebellion in favour of her heir, her half-sister, Princess Elizabeth, who is everything that Mary isn't. From now on, Elizabeth will have to use her considerable guile just to stay alive.
Orphan Alys Twist has come a long way - further than she ever dared hope - to work as a laundress at the royal wardrobe. There she meets Bel, daughter of the Queen's tailor, and seems to have arrived at her own happy ending.
But in a world where appearance is everything, a laundress is in a unique position to see the truth of people's lives, and Alys is pressed into service as a spy in the errant princess's household. Alys herself, though, is hardly whiter than white, and when the princess is arrested she must make a dangerous choice.
Reader praise for The Testimony of Alys Twist
'This is an interesting story with much intrigue. It's rare to find an established novelist who includes Sapphic themes within their work but that is exactly what the author has done here. It's very much a character-driven tale with Alys front and centre' Reader review
'I like Suzannah Dunn's take on Tudor history as she writes well, uses modern vernacular to make historical characters "just like us", and usually does her research on the material aspects of history. Here, she's clearly done her homework' Reader review
A wonderful novel, a skilful and moving re-imagining of history - Kate Mosse on the Lady of Misrule
I loved this powerful book and can't recommend it highly enough - Martina Cole on The May Bride
Suzannah Dunn...weaves a kind of love story that is both moving and believable. This is the Tudor world as seldom seen - Telegraph on The Sixth Wife
Mesmerising and beautifully written - The Scotsman on The Sixth Wife
Launched in 1990 with her debut novel, Darker Days Than Usual, Suzannah Dunn wrote a further 5 critically acclaimed contemporary novels, and a short story collection, published by Flamingo, before writing her first historical novel, The Queen of Subtleties, which was published in 2004. She has since written a further three bestselling historical novels, The Sixth Wife, The Queen's Sorrow and The Confession of Katherine Howard (a Richard & Judy pick in 2011).