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Catherine Czerkawska

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in Leeds, The United Kingdom



I love the Victorian novel, the Brontes and Dickens in particular. I r ...more

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I’m a novelist, historian and experienced professional playwright, living and working in Scotland.

I write warm, intelligent and grown-up stories - some historical, some contemporary and some a mixture of both. I have more than 100 hours of BBC radio drama to my name as well as many professional theatre productions.

My fiction is published by Saraband, and my plays by Nick Hern Books.

My recent fiction includes The Physic Garden, a Scottish historical novel about an early nineteenth century gardener, his love for weaver's daughter Jenny and his friendship with botanist Dr Thomas Brown. Set in Glasgow, this is a moving and engrossing story of friendship and betrayal.

The Jewel, published in May 2016 is a luscious historical novel, bringing t

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The Curiosity Cabinet

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The Amber Heart

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Bird of Passage

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The Posy Ring, the first novel in a planned series called The Annals of Flowerfield, is due for publication by Saraband on 12th April. 

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When antiques seller Daisy Graham inherits an ancient house called Auchenblae, or Flowerfield, on the Hebridean island of Garve, she's daunted by its size and isolation. But the building, its jumble of contents, its wilderness of a g... Read more of this blog post »
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" Fascinating, Deirdre. I come from Leeds too originally. My mum was a great embroiderer and seamstress, but I could never do it, sadly. Maybe because s ...more "
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