Synopses & Reviews
The cruel fate of the Princes in the Tower is one of the most fascinating—and most troubling—of all England's historical murder mysteries. But what was the truth behind the deaths of the young Edward V and his brother, Dickon, taken from their mother, Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV's beautiful widow, and their guardian, Anthony Woodville? And what about the man who would become King Richard III?
In a brilliant feat of historical daring, the acclaimed author of The Mathematics of Love reimagines the tragedy of the youngest victims of the Wars of the Roses. Through the voices of Elizabeth, Anthony, and Una—a historian who herself knows grief, betrayal, and secret love—Emma Darwin re-creates the lethal power struggles into which the boys were born, their heart-wrenching imprisonment, and the ultimate betrayal of their innocence.
“Powerful and utterly convincing.” Daily Mail (London) on A SECRET ALCHEMY
“There are many twists and turns in this tale, some of them real, some of them not; together they add up to a spellbinding whole.” London Times on A SECRET ALCHEMY
“A Secret Alchemy was ... absorbing, interesting, well-written, and utterly enjoyable.” www.fyreflybooks.wordpress.com
“Emma Darwin follows up on the great success of her debut novel The Mathematics of Love with this engaging work of historical fiction…This is a work of great atmosphere and a story well told. The Sunday Mail (Australia) on A SECRET ALCHEMY
Darwin tells the exhilarating story of the two youngest victims of the Wars of the Roses, as told through the voices of their mother, the beautiful widow of King Edward IV, and the present-day historian who unlocks the long-buried secrets of their deaths.
About the Author
Emma Darwin studied drama and theatre arts at Birmingham University and then worked in academic publishing before turning to photography and writing. A great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma Wedgwood, Emma now lives in London with her two children. The author of The Mathematics of Love, she is finishing a Ph.D. in creative writing at Goldsmiths College.