Move over Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory!
Published March 20 by Fledgling Press
Critically acclaimed and prize winning YA author, Alex Nye wrote the first draft of For My Sins after leaving university in the late 80s. She spent two years pacing the cobbles of Edinburgh, visiting significant historical sites and re-imagining the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
Meticulously researched and factually accurate, Alex brings the tragic Queen to life, in this evocative, historical novel that lay forgotten in a drawer for many years.
Imprisoned for nearly 20 years in various castles around Britain, Mary Stuart contemplates her past and the struggles of being a woman in a man’s world. Awaiting execution in Fotheringhay Castle, Mary chronicles her life; the intrigue, conspiracy, religious division and conspiracies that brought her to this gruesome end.
Beautifully written, For My Sins is a great way of discovering the past without having to plough through the dryness of historical texts and will be enjoyed by both adults and YA readers.
About the Author
Alex Nye is an award-winning children’s author living in Scotland since
1995 where she finds much of her inspiration in Scottish history. At the
age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award out of 33,000
entrants, and has been writing ever since. Her first children’s novel,
CHILL, won the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year Award. She also teaches and delivers workshops
on creative writing/ghost stories/Scottish history. For My Sins is Alex’s
first historical novel for adults.
Reviews for Alex Nye’s Previous Work
“This is a skilled time-slip tale of time, life and consciousness swirled up
into a heady brew of mystery and danger.”
Historical Novel Society
“If you are feeling nervous, and would like to read a book to calm you
down, I suggest you don’t choose Alex Nye’s new novel Darker Ends.”
“Alex Nye’s involving CHILL is set near Stirling, in a snowbound house with
a ghost in the library. It’s a tense confection of mystery, historical
intrigue and adventure for eight to 12-year-olds. Young heroes Samuel
and Fiona find they cannot ignore a call from the past to put things right.”
Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald
“Nye’s prose undulates like the brooding sea she writes about, and you
can almost hear the echoes of the island people and the local legends she
brings to life in her unfolding mystery story. She easily weaves the
narrative with lessons for those at the very start of their life, exploring
meaty themes of belonging, change, friendship, meaning, love and loss.”
Heidi Kingstone, journalist and author of Dispatches from a Kabul
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