Laura Beatty

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Agent: Caroline Dawnay
Associate : Sophie Scard

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Laura Beatty's debut novel POLLARD won the Authors' Club First Novel Award in 2009 and was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. She is the author of one other novel and two works of non fiction.
 

Fiction

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DARKLING

2014

Chatto & Windus

Mia Morgan, in the middle of her life, is a woman under siege: by memories of her late lover, by the relationship with her blind father, and by a family secret she can’t forget. She is also accused of living in the past: her days are spent amid the life and letters of Lady Brilliana Harley, who lived nearly four hundred years ago during the English Civil War.

Brilliana Harley is a Puritan, a lone Roundhead in a county of Royalists, and it is not long before her enemies sit down in siege around her. As cannon-shot rains down upon her castle, she alone must captain a garrison of men and defend her home.

Out of Brilliana’s words emerges a woman of courage and conviction, a loving mother and capable wife, dutiful even under duress. As Mia pieces her together, she finds that it is through Brilliana’s life, so different and yet so similar, that she can come to understand her own.

Darkling is a revolutionary undertaking: an echoing of two lives across the centuries, deftly weaving original seventeenth-century documents into the fabric of a modern fiction. The result is a book of voices, past and present, exquisitely observed and skilfully summoned.

POLLARD

2009

Chatto & Windus

To fifteen-year-old Anne the woods that lie beyond her house are a temporary refuge from her noisy, chaotic family, until one day she gathers her courage and steps into the woods, never to return. Slowly, she makes a new life for herself, learning to forage and to hunt, to build a house from the bounty of the woods and to listen to the voices of the trees. As she endures her first, terrible winter she develops the strength of character that will carry her through the dangers of her unconventional life and the bitter beauty of falling in love, but as the outside world encroaches on her secret existence Anne faces a terrible tragedy.

Non-Fiction

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ANNE BOLEYN, THE WIFE WHO LOST HER HEAD

2009

Chatto & Windus

Biography of Henry VIII's third wife. For 10+

LILLIE LANGTRY: Manner, Masks and Morals

1999

Chatto & Windus

Laura Beatty captures exactly the spirit of the age, and lifts the masks to reveal the real Lillie.