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Jenny Barden

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Too many to list! Ranging from Shakespeare to Rose Tremain

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February 2012

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: 3.86 · 337 ratings · 109 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Lost Duchess

3.85 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Mistress of the Sea

3.60 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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4.02 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
"I really enjoyed this book and I liked how it was put together. The main characters were believable and you could visualise the scenery that the author was trying to describe."
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The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
"This book has a gripping and tough opening - a rape scene in a Royal palace, a senior Earl taking his droit de seigneur on Emme, the leading character. Her disgrace then motivates her to go with the 'planters' to Virginia,and so she is on her way..." Read more of this review »
Mistress of the Sea by Jenny Barden
"This is a Historical book about Francis Drake and his quest for Gold. If you like history or want to learn about history this is a great way to learn. The author has cleverly entwined three fictional characters within the facts to make a powerful..." Read more of this review »
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The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
"I love real life puzzles, and what happened to the lost Colony of Roanoke is one of the most enigmatic. Starting with actual accounts written at the time, Jenny Barden creates a believable story to explain the abandonment of the first European set..." 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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