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Jenny Barden

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I've had a love of history and adventure ever since an encounter in infancy with a suit of armour at Tamworth Castle. Training as an artist, followed by a career as a city solicitor, did little to help displace my early dream of becoming a knight. A fascination with the Age of Discovery led to travels in South and Central America, and much of the inspiration for my debut came from retracing the footsteps of Francis Drake in Panama. The sequel centres on the first Elizabethan 'lost colony' of early Virginia. I am currently working on an epic adventure during the threat of invasion by the Spanish Armada.

My work has appeared in short story collections and anthologies and I've written for non-fiction publications including the Historical Novels

Congratulationbs to Claire, Julie, Francesca, Angie and Karen, all of whom have won a signed first edition copy of 'The Lost Duchess' about to be released tomorrow. 287 entered - quite a number for a giveaway restricted to the UK. They did well to win and their books will be sent out today...
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Average rating: 4.00 · 229 ratings · 92 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Lost Duchess
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Mistress of the Sea
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
"For various reasons - mostly concerning available time - it has taken me longer than I hoped to finish this excellent book.

The establishment and loss of Roanoke settlement is a fascinating period in history, and this immaculately researched book e..." Read more of this review »
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"Historical fiction at it's best! I loved the combination of romance and adventure, and I've got to admit I fell a teeny bit in love with Will Doonan : ) Jenny Barden absolutely brought the era to life! "
The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
"I had previously read and enjoyed Jenny Barden’s ‘Mistress of the Sea’ so I opened ‘The Lost Duchess’ with keen anticipation, and was not disappointed. The themes are similar in having a young, single, Elizabethan woman set sail for the New World,..." Read more of this review »
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An enthralling tale of divided loyalties, illicit passion, and the untangling of a gruesome murder during the American War of Independence, when New York was an occupied city under siege, and allegiances were ever shifting. Compellingly written with ...more
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Exquisitely crafted and meticulously researched, 'The Handfasted Wife' takes a poignant look at the lives of some of the leading women affected by the power politics and turmoil at the time of the Norman Conquest. The novel has an original focus on E ...more
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