A Net for Small Fishes
A GUARDIAN SUMMER READING PICK
‘Sumptuous … If you’re feeling bereft after finishing The Mirror and the Light, let Jago transport you to the Jacobean court’ Telegraph
‘A bravura historical debut … a gloriously immersive escape’ Guardian
Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family – and is the most unhappy creature in the world.
Anne Turner has wit and talent – but no stage on which to display them. Little stands between her and the abyss of destitution.
When these two very different women meet in the strangest of circumstances, a powerful friendship is sparked. Frankie sweeps Anne into a world of splendour that exceeds all she imagined: a Court whose foreign king is a stranger to his own subjects; where ancient families fight for power, and where the sovereign’s favourite may rise and rise – so long as he remains in favour.
With the marriage of their talents, Anne and Frankie enter this extravagant, savage hunting ground, seeking a little happiness for themselves. But as they gain notice, they also gain enemies; what began as a search for love and safety leads to desperate acts that could cost them everything.
Based on the true scandal that rocked the court of James I, A Net for Small Fishes is the most gripping novel you’ll read this year: an exhilarating dive into the pitch-dark waters of the Jacobean court.
‘Full of colour and intrigue … Historical fiction at its scintillating best and most filmic’ Susan Elderkin
‘The Thelma and Louise of the seventeenth century … Gut-wrenching’ Lawrence Norfolk
‘Terrific, rich in colour, character, place and time’ Sarah Dunant
‘A fabulous book. Frankie and Anne’s world is not just brilliantly evoked but brilliantly sustained’ Andrew Miller
‘Dazzling’ Sunday Independent
Sumptuous ... If you're feeling bereft after finishing The Mirror and the Light, let Jago transport you back to the Jacobean court -- Lucy Scholes * Daily Telegraph * Bravura historical debut ... Gloriously immersive ... Jago makes her a brilliantly engaging narrator ... Jago is excellent on clothes ... Throughout the novel, surface detail is deftly handled to convey deeper anxieties and shifts in attitude ... Jago keenly conveys the peril of being a woman of any class in the 17th century ... Like all the best historical fiction, A Net for Small Fishes is a gloriously immersive escape from present times, but it's not escapism * Guardian * Will bring wit, wisdom, joy and comfort to your reading pile ... There's no messing about in Lucy Jago's A Net For Small Fishes. From the first chapter you're plunged into the dark intrigues, violence, vying for position and cruelty of the 17th century Jacobean court as society beauty Frances Howard meets Anne Turner, whose way with bodices, stockings and eyelashes is unequalled * Stylist * A historical gem * independent.co.uk * Dazzling * Sunday Independent * A terrific first novel, rich in colour, character, place and time. If you like your history spiced with sex, scandal and the sweet sensibilities of female friendship, then this is for you -- Sarah Dunant A fabulous book. Frankie and Anne's world is not just brilliantly evoked but brilliantly sustained. Lucy Jago doesn't make a single false step. And it's exciting! -- Andrew Miller The Thelma and Louise of the seventeenth century: two mis-matched heroines, two grittily textured lives, an outrageous plot (true!), sex, politics, and a gut-wrenching ending -- Lawrence Norfolk Full of colour, intrigue and historical characters we can relate to ... Jago has a great flair for the sensuous image and evokes the heady mix of gaudy glamour and grime that characterises the era with a distinctive, dense poetry. Historical fiction at its scintillating best and most filmic -- Susan Elderkin Brings the early seventeenth century brilliantly to life ... Riven with colour and detail * Living Magazine * The attention to detail is wonderful. A really, really great book so early in 2021 * Woman's Way * Unflinching ... She lays bare the corruption of the Jacobean court, her sharp prose illuminating its dark corners and the complexities of her subject matter * Lunate.co.uk * We've had so much Tudor fiction of the years from authors including Hilary Mantel and Philippa Gregory, that it's great to escape to a different era as Lucy Jago takes us to the court of James I * Scotsman * An extraordinary story ... The court case of the century ... Amazing * talkRADIO *
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