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Laura Purcell

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Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs.

Her first novel for Raven Books THE SILENT COMPANIONS won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 and featured in both the Zoe Ball and Radio 2 Book Clubs. Other Gothic novels include THE CORSET (THE POISON THREAD in USA), BONE CHINA and THE SHAPE OF DARKNESS (2020)

Laura’s historical fiction about the Hanoverian monarchs, QUEEN OF BEDLAM and MISTRESS OF THE COURT, was published by Myrmidon.

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Laura Purcell In total, I hope to write around 7 books for the Georgian queens, they were such a interesting set of women. It's been put on the back-burner for a bi…moreIn total, I hope to write around 7 books for the Georgian queens, they were such a interesting set of women. It's been put on the back-burner for a bit now as my career in Gothic fiction is taking priority. I have started books about Maria Fitzherbert and Caroline of Brunswick but I have no idea when they will be ready I'm afraid.(less)
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I am delighted to reveal the hardback cover for my next book, The Shape of Darkness, released in the UK on 28th January 2021. Another stunning design by David Mann. You can find further details of the book here.

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“Death, once conceived, was rapacious. It took all with it.”
Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions

“That's why Ma took in piecework and flowering from Mrs Metyard: to keep us afloat. Pa always used that term, afloat. And it seemed to me Pa did float - he kept his head above the water and painted his pictures. Beneath was Ma, kicking through dirt and reeds.”
Laura Purcell, The Corset

“She slumped down by the fireplace and sat with her legs stretched out, next to Jolyon. Or what passed for Jolyon: the cruel, blue-grey parody of him. She did not want to store this image of her boy: waxy and puffed; features imprinted with horror; vicious cuts to the dear skin. But she knew it would encroach, stealthily, and overwrite all the happier times. Death, once conceived, was rapacious. It took all with it.”
Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions

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