Golden Hare Books welcomes novelist and artist Philippa Stockley to discuss hew new novel, Black Lily, an epic work set in early modern London.
Join a cast of vivid characters as they move through London, from grand houses to grim alleys, from the roiling Thames to the intimate bedrooms of ladies. Join us for a glass of wine and a chat!
Set in a London devastated by the Great Plague and the Great Fire, Black Lily begins in the 1660s and moves rapidly through three generations
When Turkish immigrant Theocritos Koros makes multiple fortunes, first by slaving and then by rebuilding the city; anglicizes his name to John Crace, gentrifies, and achieves power as a cruel magistrate, his life becomes entangled with two very different but strong-headed, intelligent women battling their way through a society pitted against them.
Zenobia, born in poverty, marries her way to money; but this comes at a price and with devastating consequences.
Lily, a former black slave brought to London as a “toy” on a sugar and slave ship, makes a living as a madam—until the women’s lives are thrown together by the pivotal John Crace. Mystery, poison, twists and turns; London’s festering but rich possibilities are convincingly drawn through pungent characters and milieux that range from plague pits to pastry kitchens, and Pickled Herring wharf.
Philippa Stockley is a novelist, author, award-winning journalist, reviewer, and exhibiting painter. She took a scholarship to Oxford (English) then to the Courtauld Institute where she studied art-historical clothing history, with an 18 th century speciality. Her previous novel, Murderous Liaisons, first published as A Factory of Cunning, was an epistolary sequel to Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Her new novel, Black Lily, a fast-paced, suspense-filled 17 th century story set in London, full of murky characters and pungent settings, is due out with Pimpernel Press on September 6 th. She lives in a knackered old Georgian cottage in Whitechapel, London.