Livi Michael (one of our writers)
June 2014

About the publication

Margaret of Anjou, French, beautiful, unpopular; her marriage in 1444 to a young Henry VI causes national uproar. As English rule in France collapses, Henry goes insane, civil war erupts, and families are pitted against each other. With Henry VI incapacitated, Margaret Anjou is left to fight alone for her son's position as rightful heir.

Meanwhile Margaret Beaufort, nobly born but far more distant from the throne, becomes a great heiress while only an infant. Her childhood is lived in echoing remote castles and she is lonely and vulnerable: everyone at Henry's court competes to be her guardian and to engineer an advantageous alliance through marriage to her. By the age of thirteen, she has married twice and given birth to her only son - the future King of England. But then she is separated from him ... and her fight really begins

Succession is the intense and powerful story of the women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty.


Clever … the narrative has the colour and power of the best of the chronicles she uses.

Sunday Times

This novel is wonderfully stylistically fresh, making inventive use of contemporary chronicles, which it mimics to blackly comic effect. But it's also a heartfelt account of the eye-opening, hair-raising early life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

Suzannah Dunn, Waterstones blog: 'Author's Books of the Year 2014'