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 Blood and Roses: Reviews

​​“Blood and Roses is a huge achievement. By reimagining the life of a woman history labelled a villain, Catherine Hokin reminds us to look carefully at the things we think we know about history that just aren’t so.”

"A vividly imagined account of the life of Margaret of Anjou"

"a highly compelling retelling and a really impressive debut"

​"a gripping and pacy story which immerses the reader in the historical period surrounding the English Wars of the Roses"

"an incredibly interesting, well written book with great attention to the historical

detail and the consequences of actions taken for Margaret at a young age and by Margaret herself. It expertly deals with all aspects of her life, highs and lows."



 The English Crown – a bloodied, restless prize.

The one contender strong enough to hold it? A woman. Margaret of Anjou: a French Queen in a hostile country, born to rule but refused the right, shackled to a King lost in a shadow-land.

When a craving for power becomes a crusade, when two rival dynasties rip the country apart in their desire to rule it and thrones are the spoils of a battlefield, the stakes can only rise. And if the highest stake you have is your son?

You play it.

Catherine lives in

Glasgow, studied history in what feels like the medieval period at Manchester University & has 2 children who have finally left her to get on with the writing.

As well as novel writing, she has had a number of short stories published including in Mslexia, Prole & Writer's Forum magazines & will appear in this year's Scottish Arts Club Prize Winners Anthology.

​Catherine is represented

by Tina Betts,

Andrew Mann Literacy



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 "An accomplished, absorbing tale."

        Antonia Senior, The Times 

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"An accomplished, absorbing tale." Antonia Senior, The Times 

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