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Mariana and Mary

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“Strong feeling, uncompromising frankness” – Marina Warner. Mariana is risking her marriage for a deliciously dangerous affair whilst researching the legend of ‘The Four Marys’ – which tells of a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots being executed for killing her own child. Mariana’s love is real, but is history repeating itself? Originally published as part of The Four Marys, a quartet of edgy contemporary novellas drawing on Celtic history and folklore.


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Mariana and Mary

About the author

Jean Rafferty

Jean Rafferty is an acclaimed award-winning journalist who has written on topics ranging from gritty human interest stories about prostitution, to celebrity interviews and humour pieces. Jean has written two non-fiction books about sport, and her first novel was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. The Four Marys was shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Jean is Chair of the Scottish PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.

Praise for Jean Rafferty’s first novel, ‘Myra, Beyond Saddleworth’: “Compelling and disturbing in equal measure.” – Deborah Orr, The Guardian. “Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us there.” – Louise Welsh, author of ‘The Cutting Room’.