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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782392645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782392644
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Antonia Senior studied history at Jesus College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. She worked on staff at The Times for fourteen years. By day serious journalist, by night voracious reader of fiction, particularly historical.
After years of prevaricating, Antonia began writing. Her first book, Treason's Daughter, received critical acclaim and was chosen as to be part of WH Smith's Fresh Talent promotion. Her second, The Winter Isles, is a recreation of the life of Somerled, the first Lord of the Isles in Scotland. When not in London, Antonia and her family are in Scotland. Her husband is a learner of gaelic, and enthusiastic amateur banjoist.

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Senior's fresh, forceful writing breathes new life and relevance into the most destructive, dangerous era in English history. Totally gripping --Kate Saunders, The Times



This study of a family divided by the Civil War is powerfully engaging. Senior is equally convincing on the fast-moving, 'male' world of politics and war and the more pragmatic (but equally painful) battles fought by the women who must somehow live with the results. Hen is a delightful heroine; I was rooting for her right up to the novel's heartbreaking conclusion. --Maria McCann, bestselling author of THE WILDING



Senior's prose is as fresh as a country walk in spring, and arrestingly original... This is a compelling book that truly gets under the skin of its characters, and does so with compassion and passion... I predict a glittering future for its hugely talented author --Angus Donald, bestselling author of THE OUTLAW CHRONICLES

About the Author

Antonia Senior is a writer and journalist. After many years at The Times, she is now freelance. She writes columns, book reviews and features for various national publications, including The Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times. Antonia lives in London with her husband and two children.


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Antonia's writing style is fresh and lacking the usual clichéd descriptions found in historical fiction. Clearly not one to shy away from the nitty gritty, her battle scenes are some of the most raw and vivid I have ever read. She shows the many clashing viewpoints at the time, but also how, in truth, it was all one grey area with many overlapping views; those which when push comes to muskets might (for some) have been the kind of choice based on the flip of a coin. This book is dark and philosophical, yet also peppered with sardonic humour, alleviating some of the heavy tensions both in its politics and its plot. It questions the essence of war, the importance of familial ties, versus a sense of patriotic duty and tries to tackle the ambiguity and doubt strewn within religious causes.
The personality and thought process of each character was developed so well and subtly, that it is near impossible to identify at what point you become so attached to them all. Each is shown to possess the admirable and shameful human strengths and weaknesses that we all recognise, yet rarely admit aloud. The ending in particular was incredibly stirring, and at every turning point in the book we are forced to ask whether we would truly have acted any differently.
This book is a fantastic read, especially for someone who had previously very little knowledge of the English Civil War. Treason's Daughter is the perfect combination of a brutally loveable plot, the political intrigue of the true events and an enticing web of realistic characters.
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The English Civil War pitted fathers against sons, brothers against brothers and whole families suffered as a result of a conflict which changed England forever.. The cavalier army of King Charles I was no match against the rough and tumble of Cromwell's New Model Army.

The story opens in 1640 when Henrietta Challoner, the beloved only daughter of London merchant, Richard Challoner, is coming of age in a world where only sons really matter. However, Richard readily admits that his bright and beautiful daughter is more than a match for her brothers. When civil war beckons, the Challoner family face some tough decisions, and as father and sons find themselves on opposing sides, the prospects of the family looks decidedly grim and Henrietta is faced with an uncertain future.

What then follows is a compelling and beautifully written account of how the English civil war affected ordinary families. How daily living was turned upside down and of how the natural order of life was altered beyond repair. Henrietta is a feisty heroine, she is spirited and determined in the face of great danger. Her brother's Ned and Sam, both equally courageous, have difficult choices to make and it is their very different war experiences which add depth to the story.Richard Challoner has his own very personal battle to face, which is equally disturbing.

The story draws you in from the beginning and conjures a time of great uncertainty. The politics of the time is explained well, with fine attention to detail and, if you have an interest in English history then this really is a compelling read.
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Henrietta Challoner is the young daughter of a London merchant. With her mother dead, a death caused by her own birth and that of her twin brother Sam, Hen's life is quiet, unexceptional. Despite her intelligence and the tutilage of her enlightened father, Hen's life is spent in the shadow of her brothers Sam and Ned, her evenings tormented by her maliciously nostalgic nurse and her hopes repressed by her increasingly withdrawn and embittered grandmother. But this is 1640 and events are about to play a role in Hen's fate. As London increasingly deplores King Charles's war taxes, not to mention his Catholic foreign wife (Hen's namesake), and Parliament continues to be unpopularly silenced, time grows ever more ripe for Civil War and in 1642 it comes.

Like many families of the time, at least in fiction, brother is set against brother and the Challinor household is no different. Ned is a godly man, he is drawn to the Protestant cause, and as a result of this he finds himself naked, trapped under the likewise naked corpses of ally and enemy on the field of Edgehill. Unlike them, though, Ned is still alive. But deeply traumatised. Sam's allegiances may never have become clear if it hadn't have been for the traditional, old-fashioned and possibly naive support of his father for the king. When his immensely likeable, kind and blustering father meets his fate, it's then that Sam settles on the only course open to a stricken young man. Sam fights for the king. It's Hen who's left behind to try and hold house and home together. Falling in love with a man whose family may never accept her, Hen has to do the best she can to find a future for herself and her divided brothers, all the time wishing she could take charge of her own destiny and not be the one to wait at home and worry.
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I loved this book. The author skilfully crafts a gripping novel that's a real page-turner, but intelligent at the same time! I didn't want it to end, and I learned loads about the English Civil War at the same time. And so refreshing to read a book with a strong, feisty, smart female lead too.
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