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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan New Writing (4 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230746861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230746862
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in North Lancashire on the edge of the Lake District, an area made famous by the Romantic Poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge.
I read widely - contemporary and classic fiction as well as historical novels. I used to work in the theatre as a set and costume designer, so I enjoy the research aspect of writing historical fiction, something I loved in my work as a scenographer. Each book takes about six months of research before I am ready to begin writing. More details of my research and writing process can be found on my blog www.deborahswift.blogspot.com

I took an MA in Creative writing in 2007 and now teach classes and courses in writing, and offer editorial advice from my home.

THE LADY'S SLIPPER features a backdrop inspired by the beautiful and dramatic landscape of Cumbria. It is about an artist and botanist who becomes obsessed with saving the rare wild flower the lady's slipper orchid. It was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for Fiction.

THE GILDED LILY is set in Westmorland and in the rich mansions and dark alleys of Restoration London. It is about two sisters who are on the run and rapidly find themselves embroiled in the dangers of the London Underworld - a novel about beauty, desire and surprising redemption.

My third novel, A DIVIDED INHERITANCE, is about an Englishwoman who travels to Seville in search of her lost inheritance and learns the art of swordsmanship with a charismatic fencing master. There she learns about the true meaning of family when to save a friend she must defend more than her life.

All three books are published by Macmillan.You can find out more about them on my website, www.deborahswift.co.uk

The photograph is by Jonathan Bean Photography.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Coxon on 23 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is much more than a novel; it is also a rivetting social commentary on England in general and Westmorland in particular in the mid to late 17th century. Apart from being a super read with emotive cameos and convincing characterisation it is also the product of in depth research which accurately resurrects the countryside of a rural community steeped in folklore. The countryside plants, their properties and location come alive alongside the brutality and pragmatism of a hierarchical society. This novel deals with life and death matters, religious divisions. affairs of the heart,life at sea before the days of luxury travel and the glorious interweaving of the human condition.In some ways it is larger than life and at other times lost in the minutiae of country concerns; both scenarios are made equally compelling. This book is a must for all readers looking for something out of the ordinary but grippingly alive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 12 Aug 2010
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Historical fiction is not what I usually read, but I found Deborah Swift's book impossible to put down - I read it in one session ending at 4am. The plot is uncomplicated but so gripping that I just had to know the end. What sustained my interested was not just the plot, but the attention to detail, the book was like a video in my head, I could see the scenes, hear the voices, sense the colours of that time in history.

This is an excellent first novel. Well done DeborahThe Lady's Slipper (Macmillan New Writing). I'll definitely read the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LiBi on 25 Oct 2010
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Was delighted to follow a story which needed research and knowledge of the historic time. I enjoyed the mystery of the tale unfolding. Not predictable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Woody on 17 Oct 2010
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A fabulous book that gently draws you into the characters's lives and then has you eagerly turning the pages to find out their fate.

Deborah Swift's style of writing is fresh and elegant in its simplicity. Her love and knowledge of history is clear to see in the pages of her book; I can't wait to read her next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
Whilst I'm known for loving a trip in time with authors like Philippa Gregory, I'm not usually that enamoured of a lot of the historical fiction female writers as they either don't have enough detail within their work or they let it all fall apart with the characters electing to let strong men lead rather than taking the bull by the horns.

What this title from Deborah does restores my fair and gave me a great lead character in the form of Alice Ibbetsen who I grew to care about and like from the get go and then also loved to see what she'd get up to in the tale as it unfurled. Add to this some great prose, some great descriptiveness and of course a plot that focus' on story rather than a huge cast that made this an intimate title that the reader was allowed to share. Wonderfully written and a book I'd recommend to anyone who wants something special either for a birthday present or a special gift.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jennyy on 15 Jun 2010
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I'm not usually a big fan of historical fiction, but this first novel had me gripped from the first page. With an unusual plotline, plenty of action and sympathetic characters, who stay with you after you've turned the last page, this is one to read by the pool - or a lake in Cumbria. The historical detail makes the story come to life.
I can't wait to read the sequel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Anne Graham on 5 Jun 2010
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It comes as no surprise to discover that Deborah Swift is a set and costume designer. Her eye for detail makes her debut a smoothly-plotted, authentic read. She keeps the strands of her story taut and I found myself unable to put The Lady's Slipper down. Deborah Swift is an author to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Cheung on 18 Nov 2010
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From the first page, the world of The Lady's Slipper came to life for me. The meticulous recreation of seventeenth century England is a constant delight, but there is never a feeling of research being included for its own sake. Narrative, characters and descriptions fit seamlessly together, giving the reader a real sense of 'being there'. So I could not help but care deeply about what happened and I found myself reading quickly and late into the night. I turned the last page, came back into the real world and immediately decided that I'd have to reread to catch any details I'd missed.
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