Join international bestselling author Phillipa Gregory as she talks about her new novel Tidelands, the first in a brand new historical series.

England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different…

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

Philippa Gregory is one of the Queens of historical fiction with a string of number one bestselling novels. We’re thrilled to be welcoming her to Oswestry during publication week as she embarks on an evocative new series.

Tickets: £10 (without book - redeemable against a signed copy of Tidelands) or £20 (with book - includes a signed copy of Tidelands). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online with booking fee.