Paperback publication date:

12 March 2015

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 Recent Events – recent talks

Petworth picture

Excellent audience at the Petworth Literary Weekend  on Sunday November 16th, when Nigel talked about Lady Bette’s life at Petworth House and the plot to abduct her.



Bette aged 12, in her betrothal portrait by Peter Lely

Bette aged 12, in her betrothal portrait by Peter Lely

“Lady Bette and Dark Aemelia” NA Pickford in conversation with novelist Sally O’Reilly at the Shoreham Wordfest on 11 October 2014 3.00 pm at Sussex Yacht Club.

Really enjoyable session where Nigel and Sally talked about the inspiration for their books, why one takes a fictional approach and the other tells the tale through historical research, in conversation with Laura Lockington, of Brighton Bookish Supper Society.





‘The plot to abduct Lady Bette from Syon in the summer of 1681′ at Syon House on Sunday 14 September 2014 as part of the Chiswick Literary Festival. Nigel talked about the unravelling of events which set in train the events leading to the murder of Thynn in the atmospheric setting of the house where Lady Bette was living that fateful summer.



 Etching by Charles Mosley 1750 © British Museum

‘Abduction, Marriage and Money in Restoration London’ Thursday 19 June 2014 at Guildhall Library London

‘The Abduction of Heiresses – a Seventeenth Century Scandal’ Thursday 12 June 2014 at Sevenoaks Library






Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn

Publication launch party for ‘Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn’

Waterstones Bookshop Piccadilly London W1

Thursday March 20 2014







 Great party!Alan introduces lady bette 2


Alan Samson, Publisher Non-Fiction for the Orion Publishing Group, introducing ‘Lady Bette’ at the launch party.





Nigel reading from Lady B 2





Nigel reading from the opening chapter…

Party guests


Nigel signingellie and helen








party guests2

Mred Anne Nigel








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