The Embroidered Book: an Update

Antonio Pencini portrait of Marie Antoinette and Maria Carolina as children, one in pink and one in blue.

It’s been a while since I posted here about my next novel, The Embroidered Book, so here’s a short update! It’ll be published in ebook and hardcover on Feb. 17, 2022 by HarperVoyager UK. When I know more about North American dates, audio, etc, I’ll post here. And I’ll definitely shout when the cover goes live!

With the help of my brilliant editor and copy-editor, we’re now at the page proof stage, and a bound version of the proof is going to print soon (with an amazing special cover just for the advance proof.)

More to come! Back to going over the proofs for me. In the meantime, here’s the current marketing copy:

A sweeping historical epic with a thread of magic, perfect for readers of THE FAMILIARS, THE BINDING, and THE MINIATURIST.

‘Power is not something you are given. Power is something you take. When you are a woman, it is a little more difficult, that’s all’

1768. Charlotte arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Two years later, her sister Antoine is sent to France to marry another stranger. In the mirrored corridors of Versailles, they rename her Marie Antoinette.

But the sisters are not powerless. When they were only children, Charlotte and Antoine discovered a book of spells – spells that seem to work, with dark and unpredictable consequences.

In a world of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, Charlotte and Antoine use their secret skills to redefine their lives, becoming the most influential women of the age.

But every spell requires a sacrifice. As love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution.

Brimming with romance, betrayal, and the hidden power of women, THE EMBROIDERED BOOK reveals and reimagines a dazzling period of history as you have never seen it before.