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The Girl in the Mirror

(2011)
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Jeanne, a young French exile orphaned by the wars of religion on the continent, is brought to London as a young girl disguised as a boy. Growing up, the disguise has not been shed and she finds a living as a clerk, ending up in the household of Robert Cecil. As she witnesses the intrigues and plots swirling round the court of Elizabeth I in the last days of Gloriana's reign, she finds herself sucked into the orbit of the dashing and ambitious young favourite, the Earl of Essex. The queen draws near to the end of her life, with no heir to follow, and the stakes are high.

As Essex hurtles towards self-destruction, Jeanne finds her loyalties, her disguise and her emotions under threat - in a political climate where the least mistake can attract dire penalties.

This is a beautifully written and evocative novel, rich with the details of life and politics of Elizabeth I's court. Jeanne's struggle for survival and love is interwoven with her passionate pull towards the gardens she documents, a lovely and seductive backdrop to the novel.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Entrancing, compelling, and beautifully written... a fabulous novel." - Alison Weir


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Used availability for Sarah Gristwood's The Girl in the Mirror

Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author(s): Sarah Gristwood
ISBN: 0-00-737905-6 / 978-0-00-737905-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author(s): Sarah Gristwood
ISBN: 0-00-737904-8 / 978-0-00-737904-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author(s): Sarah Gristwood
ISBN: 0-00-743123-6 / 978-0-00-743123-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPress
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author(s): Sarah Gristwood
Publisher: William Collins
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU