Maria McCann’s critically acclaimed novel, The Wilding, established her as more than a match for the likes of Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain and Phillipa Gregory. In her new book, Ace, King, Knave, we are drawn ever deeper into the depths of McCann’s talent for vividly bringing the past to life.
In Ace, King, Knave, we follow the unlikely entanglement of two women’s lives: Sophia, the demure and sensible wife of an eccentric, and Betsy-Ann, a Covent Garden gambler with a penchant for grave robbers. But they have one thing in common: both are the victims of a terrible lie. Bubbling underneath London’s genteel civility is a world of hypocrisy and violence – a world that Sophia and Betsy-Ann must battle through to discover the truth.
This is a marvellous opportunity to meet one of the most exciting new voices in historical fiction.