The Green Lady

Sue Lawrence

Sue Lawrence is the author of absorbing, popular historical thrillers that cast fascinating light on the perils and injustice that characterised women’s lives in Scotland through centuries past – whether born into penniless or powerful families: The Green Lady, The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange, Down to the Sea, The Night He Left and Fields of Blue Flax. She is also one of the UK’s leading cookery writers and broadcasters. Having trained as a journalist, she won BBC’s MasterChef in 1991 and became a food writer, Cookery Editor of the Sunday Times and a regular contributor to Scotland on Sunday and many leading magazines, and she appears frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. Born in Dundee, she was raised in Edinburgh, where she now lives. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards and a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award and is the author of more than 20 books.

The Green Lady

by Sue Lawrence

  • RRP: £9.99 (print) / £5.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913393328
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781913393335

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1567, Scotland: no place for a woman. Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son. She can rely only on the loyalty of her ladies-in-waiting, chiefly Marie Seton. Meanwhile the political turmoil in the country is mirrored behind the walls of beautiful Fyvie Castle. Lilias’s marriage to Marie’s nephew, the ruthlessly ambitious Alexander Seton, goes awry after the birth of yet another daughter. He blames her, and contemplates drastic action. To what lengths will a man go to secure a son and heir?
The Green Lady is a shocking tale of intrigue, secrets, treachery and murder, based on true events, but seen from a different perspective than is found in most history books. Casting a fascinating light on the ruthless nature of power, the story highlights the precarious position of sixteenth-century women, even those in the most privileged of circumstances.

REVIEWS OF The Green Lady

“A delight to read… Excellent!” – Undiscovered Scotland

“A gripping tale of power, ghosts, cursed jewellery, intrigue and betrayal … imaginatively recounted, full of historical detail and a thoroughly satisfying read.” Joanne Baird, Portobello Book Blog

“A very good read.” Stories of Scotland podcast

“All the ingredients of a thrilling read – royal jewels, a secret compartment, family intrigue, ghostly superstition and a treacherous husband …” Sara Sheridan

“A rich atmospheric novel, giving voice to the women of Scotland's past.” Ailish Sinclair

“Illuminating … Filling in the blanks of the historical record … compelling.” Foreword Reviews

“Sue Lawrence brilliantly evokes the lives of the women around Mary Queen of Scots in this fascinating mystery of a missing jewel and a ghost that haunts a beautiful Scottish castle to this day. Beautifully written. I loved it.” Elisabeth Gifford

“A whirlwind of historic drama and traumatic events … Lawrence shows us the tragic and disempowered lives of Alexander’s wives … The story of these women is striking and the book is beautifully written. Lawrence’s historical fiction unapologetically portrays these real historical figures in a new light – offering insight into lives we may have never otherwise felt we got to know.” Dundee Courier, Book of the Week