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This well-researched novel vividly brings to life the terrible realities of a dramatic and devastating summer in Colchester in 1648.

Andrew Phillips, Centre for Local & Regional History, University of Essex, author of 'Colchester: A History'

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For those who enjoy historical fiction in smaller doses, here are two of my stories published online.


The Bookbinder's Daughter - in episodes - read it for free!

On a bleak January day in 1697, in Edinburgh, a young man is hanged for blasphemy. Those close to him have their hopes destroyed and their lives overturned. John and Isobel's love is shattered. Forced apart by the bigotry of the times and cruel circumstances, each must deal with dangers and tragedies of their own, whilst clinging to their diminishing hopes of finding happiness together.

Linked to real events in Scotland's troubled history: economic misery and the stranglehold of the Kirk, the story weaves through the filthy streets and closes of 'Auld Reekie', to prosperous bookbinding workshops in Cambridge and London and far overseas to the ill-fated colonial venture in Darien, with the charismatic John Wyllie in thrall to Isobel, a gifted and independent woman, but adored by the faithful and downtrodden servant Susan.

Historical Novel Society - Review

Editors Choice and long listed for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.

Historical Novel Society

Lament for a Siege Town

by Clare Hawkins

To purchase

Lament for a Siege Town can be obtained at Red Lion Books, Colchester, Wivenhoe Bookshop and via Amazon as a print or eBook.

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