The Great Lie: A Nicholas Talbot Adventure
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Nick Talbot, 16 year old son of the late first Earl of Rokesby, escapes the clutches of his tyrannical guardian by running away with Will Kempe's troupe of travelling players. They bring him to London – a hotbed of political and sexual intrigue, in which a number of competing theatres vie for the attention of groundlings and aristocratic patrons alike.
Nick is a talented lad and soon comes to the attention of one Christopher Marlowe, playwright, who is in need of both inspiration and discretion. So begins a partnership that leads to one of the most audacious plots the theatre has ever known – and puts Nick at the centre of a ring of actors, writers, spies and power-mongers, in the midst of which he must find a way to survive and prosper…
It isn't long before young Nick Talbot finds himself torn between a career treading the boards of the Rose and the Globe and life as an undercover agent for Good Queen Bess, with Robert Cecil his spymaster. His adventures take him from London to Edinburgh, Antwerp, Venice and Verona, risking life and limb as he couriers vital documents across a continent in political, theatrical and romantic ferment…
• For a taste of The Great Lie, download the prologue here (288kb .pdf file)
• To hear Myrrha's interview about winning a three-book deal in her 80's on Radio 4's Woman's Hour (7th July 2010), listen again here
• To see images from Myrrha's interview with David Crystal see our gallery.
Praise for The Great Lie
"a tremendous ride through the swirl and bustle of Elizabethan life."
Emma Rea, New Welsh Review
"a very enjoyable historical yarn. For a debut novel, this is a considerable achievement."
Derrick Smith, South Wales Argus
"Honno acknowledges the financial support of the Welsh Books Council"
Category: Fiction Novels Historical Mystery
First published by Honno in : June 2010