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The Queen of Subtleties

(2004)
A Novel of Anne Boleyn
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A tremendously vivid, page-turning and plausible novel that depicts the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, the most spirited, independent and courageous of Henry's queens, as viewed from both the bedrooms and the kitchens of the Tudor court. Everyone knows the story of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII divorced his longstanding, long-suffering, older, Spanish wife for a young, black-eyed English beauty, and, in doing so, severed England from Rome and indeed from the rest of the western world. Then, when Henry had what he wanted, he managed a mere three years of marriage before beheading his wife for alleged adultery with several men, among them his own best friend and her own brother. This is the context for Suzannah Dunn's wonderful new novel, which is about -- and told by -- two women: Anne Boleyn, king's mistress and fated queen; and Lucy Cornwallis, the king's confectioner, an employee of the very highest status, who made the centrepiece of each of the feasts to mark the important occasions in Anne's ascent. There's another link between them, though: the lovely Mark Smeaton, wunderkind musician, the innocent on whom, ultimately, Anne's downfall hinged... Suzannah Dunn has all the equipment needed for literary-commercial success: wit, a mastery of dialogue, brilliant characterization, lack of pretence, and good humour. The Queen of Subtleties adds to that mix a wonderfully balanced, strong story; Dunn has plumped for a fascinating retelling of one of the most often-told, most compelling stories of our islands' history. In doing so, she's turning from contemporary stories to historical fiction. The result is sensational.

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Hardback Editions

January 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties (Large Print)
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-7394-4851-X / 978-0-7394-4851-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Large Print Home Library Ed.
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December 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 1-84395-636-5 / 978-1-84395-636-5 (UK edition)
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September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-06-059157-9 / 978-0-06-059157-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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March 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-00-713937-3 / 978-0-00-713937-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
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ISBN: 0-00-790774-5 / 978-0-00-790774-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Press
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-00-713938-1 / 978-0-00-713938-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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November 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-06-059158-7 / 978-0-06-059158-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-00-777206-8 / 978-0-00-777206-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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March 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
ISBN: 0-00-718156-6 / 978-0-00-718156-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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Audio Editions

December 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Finder: An Atticus Kodiac Novel
Author(s): Greg Rucka, Geogre Wilson
ISBN: 0-7887-3994-8 / 978-1-84505-186-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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April 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Queen of Subtleties
Author(s): Suzannah Dunn
Publisher: William Collins
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