Romantic Novelist Association Finalist, Nicola Cornick is talking about her new book ‘The Winter Garden’ at Henley Library on Friday 23 September at 6pm.
Nicola, a historical fiction author whose book ‘The Last Daughter’ is a finalist in Jackie Collins Award 2022. “The Winter Garden’, a timeslip novel, tells the story of Anne Catesby in 1605 and converges with the present day. Anne Catesby fears for her family. Her son, the darkly charismatic Robert, is secretly plotting to kill the King, placing his wife and child in grave danger. Anne must make a terrible choice: betray her only child, or risk her family’s future. In the present day, when Lucy’s dreams of becoming a musician are shattered, she takes refuge in her family’s ancestral home in Oxfordshire. Everyone knows it was originally home to Robert Catesby, the gunpowder plotter. As Lucy spends more time in the beautiful winter garden that Robert had made, she starts to have strange visions of a woman in Tudor dress, terrified and facing a heart-breaking dilemma. As Lucy and Anne’s stories converge, a shared secret that has echoed through the centuries separating them, will change Lucy’s life forever.
Nicola Cornick, a historical fiction author will be talking about how she applies her background in historical research into historical fiction. Nicola is an international bestselling and award-winning novelist who has written over thirty romantic historical novels in a career spanning twenty years. She studied History at the University of London and later at Ruskin College Oxford, where she was awarded a MA in Public History with Distinction for her work on heroes and hero myths. Fusing storytelling with a non-fiction level of historical research, Nicola specialises in examining the lives of women who are so often mentioned only in the footnotes of the historical record, and draws on the local history of Wessex for inspiration. She gives talks and seminars on a number of historical and writing related topics and in her spare time is a puppy raiser for the Guide Dogs charity.
Tickets are £5 each, and include a glass of wine and refreshments. To book a limited place, please contact the library on 01865 815278
The library’s Summer Book Bingo challenge has the chance to win two free tickets to the author talk, and those interested can visit the library to find out more information and to pick up the bingo sheet.