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'a terrific read ... thoroughly engaging' Gabrielle Kimm, author of His Last Duchess
'Shadow On The Highway' is based on the real life and legend of heiress Lady Katherine Fanshawe, who became a highwaywoman known as 'The Wicked Lady'. It is the first book in 'The Highway Trilogy' for teens and adults 14+
Abigail Chaplin, a young deaf girl, has lost her father in the English Civil Wars.
With her family now in reduced circumstances, she is forced to work as a servant at a Royalist household - the estate of Lady Katherine Fanshawe.
Abi is soon caught up in a web of sinister secrets which surround the Fanshawe estate, the most curious of which is the disappearance of Lady Katherine late at night.
Why are her husband's clothes worn and muddy even though he hasn't been at home for weeks? How is she stealing out of the house late at night when her room is being guarded?
And what is her involvement with the robberies being committed by the mysterious Silent Highwayman?
A novel of adventure and romance with a little highway robbery on the side - download your copy today!
Historical notes from the author included at the end of the book.
Spirit of the Highway (Highway Trilogy II) is also available.
PRAISE FOR DEBORAH SWIFT
'There is no greater compliment than "Give me more!"' - Susanna Gregory
'realistic dialogue, an author's obvious love for history, and characters that leap off the pages' - Romance Reviews Today
'genuinely engrossing... with characters you can get interested in' - The Mum Website
Deborah Swift lives in a stunning part of the world, the English Lake District. She used to work as a costume designer for film and TV, and loves researching the background to her novels. She has an MA in Creative Writing, and is the author of three longer historical novels for adults: 'The Lady's Slipper', (shortlisted for the Impress Prize) 'The Gilded Lily' 'A Divided Inheritance'You can find out more about her on her website, deborahswift.com, or follow her on Twitter @swiftstory
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I have enjoyed constructing this trilogy of adventures for young adults based around the real-life story of Lady Katherine Fanshawe (Ferrers) who is known in legend as 'The Wicked Lady'.
Two films were made about her, and she was famed for her exploits as a highwaywoman. The truth is of course more complex than that, and the factual evidence to support the idea is scanty. However, the background of the English Civil War means that were many dispossessed aristocrats, soldiers, and routed Royalists on the road trying to eke out a living, and its possible Katherine's story might have become embroidered by the exploits of others. Also likely, is that her story might have become associated with a ballad about Maude of Allinghame.
I have based Katherine's story on the real historical background, with its factions of rebels looking to build a new world in an unstable England. The story is also about her deaf maidservant, Abigail, and the Diggers - a radical sect who believed in communal living and were way ahead of their time. Full historical notes are in the backs of the books.
This is a shorter, more lightweight novel than my usual historical novels, which often weigh in at more than 400 pages, and introduces us to Katherine Fanshawe through the eyes of her deaf maid, Abigail.
Deborah Swift used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV where she developed a passion for history and a love of research. She is the author of three other adult novels set in the 17th century - The Lady's Slipper, The Gilded Lily and A Divided Inheritance.
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