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The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the critically acclaimed author of The Agincourt Bride.

In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England's richest heir.

Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England's ruling families apart.

©2014 Joanna Hickson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Gripping and emotional." (Woman)
"Superb…a real find." (The Bookseller)
"Captivating." (Woman's Own)

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  • kate
  • 01-02-16

A fascinating woman often left on the fringes

What does Chloe Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

AN interesting accent, which seemed wrong at first for a Duchess, but I became used to it and it didn't cause problems. Some narrators read the story, some perform it. This narrator read the story - really well, and that's usually fine. However the story is presented from two perspectives - one female and one male. It was confusing at times working out who's story was being told, because it was delivered in the same voice. Other than that, brilliant narration.

Any additional comments?

Great to have a book about a woman often left on the fringes but who always appears to be a strong matriarch. Great writing which brought the 15th century to life.

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  • Alexhj
  • 07-21-17

Enjoyable

Enjoyed the story but felt it ran out of steam at the end! Good read.

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  • Julia E. Hallmann
  • 02-13-17

Brilliant story

I loved this book. It tells the story of Cicily Neville and her illegitimate brother Cuthbert who have to fight for supremacy and survival during the Cousins Wars (the proper name for the Wars of the Roses).

Fabulous story, read by an aptly accented narrator. I will definitely buy more of Joanna Hickson's stories on here.

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  • Able Marle Devon
  • 10-04-16

Interesting and covers facts you didn't know

What made the experience of listening to Red Rose, White Rose the most enjoyable?

Chloe Massey's voice is soft and gentle and she really reads well. I had no problem in distinguishing which parts were Cecily speaking and which parts Cuthbert.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Rose, White Rose?

The strange love affair between John Neville and Cecily which is an underlying story throughout the book although I have no idea whether this is true. I think it may be artistic licence as if the King's mother and Duke of York's wife had had such an affair at the time, I'm not sure she would have died with her head intact!

Which character – as performed by Chloe Massey – was your favourite?

Cecily

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The story of the story of the cousin's war you didn't know.

Any additional comments?

This is almost a prequel to Phillipa Gregorys' the White Queen which I have previously read but now am going to read again as it follows the Red Rose, White Rose story nicely.The book is really well written and is one of my firm favourites.

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  • Loretta J. Miller
  • 06-09-16

red rose/white rose

excellent story if you are interested in history. excellent presentation of this book. highly recommended.

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  • Jennifer Berry
  • 06-03-15

Brilliant story

This book fills in many of the spaces left in other books covering the cousins war I loved it

I'm not too sure about the Northern accented narration though, it was the same for both genders also.

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  • Ama
  • 02-27-15

Superb

Where does Red Rose, White Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Red Rose, White Rose was a sweet unassuming listen, it painted the picture of a neglected figure in a very important dynamic time. It's very nice

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Rose, White Rose?

The moment when Cecily is confronted By John Neville years down the line and has the moment of uncertainty, will she be betrayed?

Have you listened to any of Chloe Massey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Chloe Massey's other work but her narration here is perfect. Her gentle northern tone and gracious lilt added to the enjoyment of the piece

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene at Magna Sandal castle

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