Ryedale Book Festival

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Pamela Hartshorne

After a haphazard career working and travelling around the world, Pamela Hartshorne first stumbled into writing as a way to fund a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of York and over 20 years later has 64 books to her credit including 60 romances written as Jessica Hart which have been translated into 25 different languages and sold nearly 15 million copies.  Now Pamela writes historical fiction which draws on her research into the streets and neighbourhoods of Tudor York and explores the fascinating relationship between the past and the present as it brings the day-to-day experience of Elizabethan England vividly to life.

About House of Shadows:

HoS-HB-667x1024“Like my previous three books published by Pan Macmillan, House of Shadows is set partly in the present, partly in the late 16th century, but while Time’s Echo, The Memory of Midnight and The Edge of Dark were all set in cities (York and London), this story takes place on the beautiful North York Moors.  Askerby and its Hall are fictional, but I’ve imagined them as somewhere near Lastingham, and the house itself an amalgam of Burton Agnes Hall, which is in quite a different part of Yorkshire, in fact and Cotehele in Cornwall – and the roof of Chillingham Castle provided just the inspiration I needed for the climactic scene.”

WardleandJones_logoBorrow a book for the library or buy your own copy and have it signed by the author. Wardle & Jones independent bookshop from Scarborough will be selling copies at the event.

Praise for Pamela’s work:

‘Powerful and thrilling read . . . You won’t be able to rest until the end.’ – Sun

‘A rattling good read.’ – York Press

‘A very enjoyable read and the story is intriguing from the beginning as you engage with both the characters, leaving you wanting to read more. I find that Pamela’s knowledge of 16th Century York fascinating and the historical detail is very interesting and complements the story perfectly.’ – Yorkshire Times

‘What a terrific novel. I really enjoyed it and became deeply involved in the lives of the two heroines.’ – Elizabeth Buchan


April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Ryedale Book Festival


Norton Library
Commercial Street
Norton, YO17 9ES United Kingdom
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