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Elizabeth Fremantle

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As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school, under a cloud, aged fifteen with nothing more than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out. Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives – I've served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am; I've served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays; I've pulled pints for all and sundry – I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine. From there I climbed the slippery pole that is fashion, working for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributing to m ...more

Lady Mary Grey, youngest sister of the tragic Lady Jane was described by a contemporary ambassador as 'small, crookbacked and very ugly.' It is thought by some historians that she was born with the congenital scoliosis of her ancestor Richard III (possibly also suffered by her cousin Edward VI) and there is more than one reference to her diminutive stature, suggesting that she was, aside from h... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.76 · 2,667 ratings · 632 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
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“Katherine and the children have made paper boats and are floating them on the moat to see which one stays up the longest, contriving always that Edward’s should be the winner. He is learning from an early age that the world conspires magically to favor him. After all, he will be King one day and that is the way of things for kings.”
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“What are we if we are not words?”
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“they have been apart for several weeks and will have to find one another again among the detritus of their separate experience.”
Elizabeth Fremantle, Sisters of Treason


“But surely love wouldn't get so much talked about if there were not something in it?”
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“Makes of men date, like makes of cars...”
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“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
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