Ann Swinfen
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Ann Swinfen

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Ann Swinfen spent her childhood partly in England and partly on the east coast of America. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, where she read Classics and Mathematics and married a fellow undergraduate, the historian David Swinfen. While bringing up their five children and studying for a postgraduate MSc in Mathematics and a BA and PhD in English Literature, she had a variety of jobs, including university lecturer, translator, freelance journalist and software designer. She served for nine years on the governing council of the Open University and for five years worked as a manager and editor in the technical author division of an international computer company, but gave up her full-time job to concentrate on her writing, while continuing part-time university teaching in English Literature. In 1995 she founded Dundee Book Events, a voluntary organisation promoting books and authors to the general public, which ran for fifteen years.

She is the author of the highly acclaimed series, The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez. Set in the late sixteenth century, it features a young Marrano physician recruited as a code-breaker and spy in Walsingham's secret service. In order, the books are: The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez, The Enterprise of England, The Portuguese Affair, Bartholomew Fair, Suffer the Little Children, Voyage to Muscovy, The Play's the Thing, That Time May Cease and The Lopez Affair.

Her Fenland Series takes place in East Anglia during the seventeenth century. In the first book, Flood, both men and women fight desperately to save their land from greedy and unscrupulous speculators. The second, Betrayal, continues the story of the dangerous search for legal redress and security for the embattled villagers, at a time when few could be trusted.

Her latest series, the bestselling Oxford Medieval Mysteries, is set in the fourteenth century and features bookseller Nicholas Elyot, a young widower with two small children, and his university friend Jordain Brinkylsworth, who are faced with crime in the troubled world following the Black Death. In order, the books are: The Bookseller's Tale, The Novice's Tale, The Huntsman's Tale, The Merchant's Tale, and The Troubadour's Tale. Both this series and the Christoval Alvarez series are being recorded as unabridged audiobooks.

She has also written two standalone historical novels. The Testament of Mariam, set in the first century, recounts, from an unusual perspective, one of the most famous and yet ambiguous stories in human history, while exploring life under a foreign occupying force, in lands still torn by conflict to this day. This Rough Ocean is based on the real-life experiences of the Swinfen family during the 1640s, at the time of the English Civil War, when John Swynfen was imprisoned for opposing the killing of the king, and his wife Anne had to fight for the survival of her children and dependents. Both are also available as unabridged audiobooks

Ann Swinfen now lives on the northeast coast of Scotland, with her husband, formerly vice-principal of the University of Dundee, a rescue cat called Maxi, and a cocker spaniel called Suki.

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Best Sellers

    • The Novice's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254

    When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Lovely

    • By M.S. Green on 06-06-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Stonemason's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Oxford, Spring - 1354. When a series of accidents to the building of the chapel at Queen’s College begin, they do not appear a cause for concern, but they grow more serious, and stonemasons are injured. Nicholas Elyot becomes involved after it is learned that an intruder has appeared....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • With heavy heart...

    • By N. Brown on 09-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Bookseller's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 447

    When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Held my interest, excellent historical background

    • By Marcheta on 04-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Troubadour's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter weather. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Book lover on 08-10-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Merchant's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    St. Frideswide's Fair is a great annual event in Oxford, bringing together merchants and buyers from all over England and Wales, and from as far away as Flanders and France....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 4th in remarkable hist. fiction mystery series

    • By book reviewer on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Voyage to Muscovy

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 6
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    An agent sent to Muscovy to investigate suspected treason amongst employees of the Muscovy Company has disappeared without trace on the way to Astrakhan....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Huntsman's Tale

    • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Volume 3
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Philip Battley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    When a deer hunt in Wychwood ends in tragedy, suspicion is directed toward the huntsman, a boyhood friend of Nicholas....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Medieval Mystery

    • By Dr Who 2 on 10-19-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Enterprise of England

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Book 2
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Facing the threat of King Philip's Enterprise of England - Spanish invasion and annexation of the country - Sir Francis Walsingham's secret service spreads a network of agents across Europe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the story

    • By Book lover on 04-15-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Testament of Mariam

    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Serena Scott Thomas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The Testament of Mariam takes us into the turbulent world of rebellious Galilee under Roman occupation, and the courageous lives that altered the course of history....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By Linda on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Secret World of Christoval Alvarez

    • The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez, Volume 1
    • By: Ann Swinfen
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    It is the year 1586. England is awash with traitors, plotting to assassinate the Queen and bring about a foreign invasion....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, Somewhat Distracting Narration

    • By Wren on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

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