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Fiona's first novel, 'Isabella' tells the haunting love story of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and his cousin, Isabella Curwen and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. It was followed with 'Pale as the Dead' and 'Bloodline', which combine history with mystery and feature 'ancestor detective', Natasha Blake. 'Bloodline' is the winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It's also been optioned by Leonard Goldberg, (producer of TV classics such as Charlie's Angles and Starsky and Hutch).
'Lady of the Butterflies' (also published as Rebel Heiress) is based on the true story of Lady Eleanor Glanville, the pioneering butterfly collector. The Glanville Fritillary is named after her, but she is best remembered for the fact that her relations overturned her will on the grounds that no sane person would 'go in pursuit of butterflies'. 'Cavalier Queen' is an epic historical novel about the lives and loves of Charles I's queen, Henrietta Maria, an English 'Gone With the Wind'.
Fiona grew up in Sheffield and moved to London aged eighteen where she worked for the BBC, in the press office for Radio 1, handling publicity for presenters including John Peel, Mark Radlcliffe, Pete Tong, and Simon Mayo, traveling with the Radio 1 Summer Roadshow and hanging out with rock stars! Fiona lives in the Cotswolds with her family.
Her new book, 'The Keeper of Songs' will be published in 2021.
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1967: Enigmatic young folk singer Molly Marrison disappears on the cusp of fame.
2002: Silva is working as a housemaid at Chatsworth House when her father suddenly dies, leaving her with one instruction - find Molly.
The only clue is a haunting song, centuries old, that Molly recorded before she vanished. Silva needs the help of song collector, Robbie Nightingale. Silva and Robbie were teenage sweethearts, but they’ve not spoken for decades. If they try to find Molly, what else will they discover? For Molly is not the only girl to have disappeared. Silva’s mother, Sukey, vanished when Silva was a child, leaving her with scars that Robbie once tried but failed to heal.
Romantic, meticulously observed, historically fascinating and musically, highly literate. Fiona Mountain understands everything about the fine folk art of storytelling. The Keeper of Songs is a wonderful tale, exquisitely told, showing a deep empathy with the landscape of the Peak District and the traditional music that has emanated from it. Fiona creates a world of romance, detail and heartfelt emotion.
- BBC Radio Presenter and writer, Mark Radcliffe
The depth of Fiona’s research for this book, is evident in her thoughtful and magical portrayal of the stories deep within our old songs. She is a natural diviner of the worlds that dwell within them, both real and fictional and she has created a novel that reveals more secrets than one knew a song could ever keep.
- Sam Lee, Author of The Nightingale, Notes on a Songbird
With such a lightness of touch and meticulous attention to detail, surely Fiona Mountain must have cleaned the chandeliers of Chatsworth in a former life? The Keeper of Songs is a well crafted and heart-rending tale of love and loss woven skillfully across multiple generational divides, and throughout, her love for Chatsworth and the beautiful Peak District shines through. A gripping read; I loved it!
- Christine Robinson, Author of Chatsworth, the Housekeeper's Tips, Tales & Tipples'
It's been a great pleasure to read The Keeper of Songs, and I know it's a book that will stay with me for a long time. Fiona Mountain's own fascination with the power and resonance of music and folklore is evident as the threads of the story slowly weave together, and the lost lives and lost loves, the secrets and lies, the misunderstandings and the regrets, resolve themselves - though not without grief - into a satisfying conclusion. Her meticulous research takes us from the depths of the caves of Castleton to the majesty of Chatsworth House, but it's folk music that drives the narrative - the ancient songs, telling tales of tragedy and true love, that generations of singers have kept alive to this day.
- Jane Sanderson, Author of Mix Tape
Born into a world seething with treachery and suspicion, Eleanor Goodricke grows up on the Somerset Levels just after the English Civil Wars, heiress to her late mother's estates and daughter of a Puritan soldier who fears for his brilliant daughter with her dangerous passion for natural history - and for butterflies in particular.
Her reckless courage will take her to places where no woman of her day ever dared to go. Her fearless ambition will give her a place in history for all time. But it is her passionate heart which will lead her into a consuming love - and mortal peril.
She was the Princess Diana of her day.
She loved clothes and jewels and parties. She had exquisite taste in interior design. She seemed destined to reign as one of England's most glamorous queens, famed for the beautiful palaces she designed and decorated.
Instead, Princess Henrietta Maria of France became caught up in the Civil War, one of the greatest cataclysms in English history. Swept from her life of luxury into the squalid brutality of battle and the loneliness of exile, her heart was torn by the two men she loved - her husband, tragic Charles I and charismatic Harry Jermyn, who designed and built most of London's West End, including the street which bears his name.
This is their story.
An epic 18th-century historical romance from the author of the celebrated Rebel Heiress
Fletcher Christian and Isabella Curwen are first cousins who grow up together in the Lake District; kindred spirits who, like Heathcliff and Cathy, are bound to fall in love. But Isabella is promised to another cousin, John, and Fletcher, dashing though he is, comes from the poor side of the family.
When Isabella, an only child and heir to the Curwen fortune, inherits and John becomes her guardian, he and her relations conspire to prevent her and Fletcher's union. Isabella marries John; Fletcher joins the Navy and later signs on for the Bounty voyage. And the rest, you might think, is history. In fact, it is only the first act in the drama of Fletcher and Isabella - for love cannot be denied forever.