One marriage. Three people. Proud king. Loving wife. Infamous mistress. 1362. Philippa of Hainault selects a young orphan from a convent. Alice Perrers, a girl born with nothing but ambition. The Queen has a role waiting for her at court. 'I have lifted you from nothing Alice. Now you repay me.' Led down the corridors of the royal palace, the young virgin is secretly delivered to King Edward III - to perform the wifely duties of which ailing Philippa is no longer capable. Power has a price, and Alice Perrers will pay it. Mistress to the King. Confidante of the Queen. Whore to the court. Her fate is double edged; loved by the majesties, ostracised by her peers. Alice must balance her future with care as her star begins to rise - the despised concubine is not untouchable. Politics and pillow talk are dangerous bedfellows. The fading great King wants her in his bed. Her enemies want her banished. One mistake and Alice will face a threat worse than any malicious whispers of the past. 'Better than Philippa Gregory' - The Bookseller 'Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday Express
Anne O'Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a B.A. Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Masters in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.
She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. It is a wild, beautiful place on the borders between England and Wales, renowned for its black and white timbered houses, ruined castles and priories and magnificent churches. It is steeped in history, famous people and bloody deeds as well as ghosts and folk lore, all providing inspiration.
She wrote her first historical romance, a Regency, for Harlequin Mills and Boon in 2005, followed by ten historical novels and a novella, ranging from medieval, through the English Civil War and Restoration and back to Regency. She has been published in the UK, North America and Australia as well as in translation throughout Europe and in Japan.
She is now writing novels based on the lives of historical characters. Virgin Widow is the story of Anne Neville, wife of Richard III. It was long-listed by the RNA for the Romantic Novel of the Year award. Devil's Consort tells of the early adventures of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her new novel, The King's Concubine (May 2012) about Alice Perrers and King Edward III can be seen to draw a parallel with modern royalty with it's tale of one marriage and three people; the proud king; loving wife and infamous mistress.