Win Katharine Grant’s New Novel Sedition

28th Jan 2014

Until now, Katharine Grant has been best known for her historical adventure novels for children and young adults, the best known being the DeGranville trilogy (Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper and Blaze of Silver). But if you haven't already become acquainted with her work - this is a call to arms.

Grant’s adult début Sedition – published by Virago – is the story of five women at the mercy of their slimeball fathers in 18th century London, while the French Revolution rages over the sea in Paris.

Under pressure to make good marital matches, the girls are encouraged to perform at a piano concert, tutored by the loathsomely creepy Monsieur Belladroit.

For those fans of Sarah Waters – this is for you. Alathea, a headstrong and fiery heroine, forms a relationship with young Annie Cantabile – the docile and harelipped daughter of a piano maker. The book explores gender politics and sexuality against the backdrop of war and within the confines of social restrictions.

As Grant notes, “We often forget though that ordinary life carries on during revolution—these men still have to think about their girls; times might be in flux, but they still need to be married. Domesticity carries on in times of turmoil; and you can have domestic sedition just as much as you can have political sedition.”

The story is also reminiscent of Sarah Dunant’s latest novel, which we gave five out of five, just sayin’.

If you need any more coaxing, you can read the enticing prologue here.

We have three copies to give away, and if you’d like to get your hands on one, riddle me this.

Q. Katharine Grant is currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at which university?

Email your answer to by midnight on 4th February 2014 for a chance to win.

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