Writer with her own remarkable story goes on tour

A colourful life: Pamela Hartshorne. Photograph: Kippa Matthews
15 Mar 2018 @ 12.58 pm
| Entertainment

York-based author Pamela Hartshorne is embarking on a short tour of libraries in York to talk about her latest book.

She will be appearing at three venues to launch her new novel. The Cursed Wife, a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.

Pamela will be appearing at

  • Dringhouses Library on 27 March at 7pm
  • Fulford Library on 18 April at 6.30pm
  • and at Bishopthorpe Library on 26 April at 7pm.

Bookings at a cost of £3 can be made at any library in York, or online here.

Fascinating life

Pamela Hartshorne has had a fascinating life and career including stints as cook on an outback cattle station, TEFL teacher in Jakarta and French-speaking interpreter on expedition in Cameroon before ending up back in London as foreign newsdesk secretary at The Observer.

She then wrote 60 books for Mills & Boon as Jessica Hart as a method of funding her PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York.

Pamela still lives in York and in addition to researching and writing historical novels she occasionally teaches writing courses and is a freelance project editor for illustrated books.

She has written four historical novels set in and around York; The Cursed Wife is her fifth novel.

The story

Curses cannot be silenced… Mary lives a contented life as wife to a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. But there’s a part of her past she can’t forget.

As a small girl she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child, a curse that predicts that she will hang.

Sometimes the happiest households are not what they seem, and Mary’s carefully curated world begins to falter. Mary’s whole life is based on a lie. Is she the woman her husband believes her to be?

One rainy day she ventures to London’s Cheapside, where her past catches up with her. Suddenly the lies and deception she has so fought to hide begin to claw to the surface.