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The Posy Ring


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A beautiful literary historical romance from the author of The Curiosity Cabinet

When antiques seller Daisy Graham inherits an ancient house on the Hebridean island of Garve, she’s daunted by its size and isolation. But the building, its jumble of contents, its wilderness
of a garden and the island itself prove themselves so fascinating that she’s soon captivated. She’s also attracted to Cal Galbraith, who is showing an evident interest in the house and its new owner, yet she’s suspicious of his motives – with good reason, it seems.

In parallel with their story runs that of sixteenth-century cousins Mateo and Francisco, survivors from the ill-fated Spanish Armada who find safe passage to the island.There, one of them falls in love with the laird’s daughter. The precious gold posy (poesy) ring he gives her is found centuries later. Are its haunting engraved mottoes, un temps viendra and vous et nul autre, somehow significant now for Daisy and Cal?

REVIEWS OF The Posy Ring

“Skilful and, at times, poetic writing… The author cleverly intertwines the historical and modern-day stories. The characters in both the past and present are finely drawn and believable… I was entranced.” Penny Ingham, Historical Novels Review

“A lyricism which conjures up vivid pictures of landscape and a sparse, readable style which drives the plot along.” The Scotsman

“Excellent … a beautifully crafted novel that immerses the reader in the lives and loves of people whose stories are played out in the same place, but over four centuries apart … Catherine Czerkawska deftly weaves the strands of her novel, painting a rich pen picture.” Undiscovered Scotland

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The Posy Ring

About the author

Catherine Czerkawska

Catherine Czerkawska is a Scottish-based novelist and playwright. She has written many plays for the stage and for BBC radio and television, and has published eight novels, historical and contem- porary, including The Physic Garden, The Jewel, and The Curiosity Cabinet (with the same Scottish island setting as The Posy Ring) for Saraband. Her short stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies. She has also written non-fiction in the form of articles and books and has reviewed professionally for newspapers and magazines. Wormwood, her play about the Chernobyl disaster, was produced at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre to critical acclaim in 1997, while The Curiosity Cabinet was shortlisted for the Dundee Book Prize in 2005.

Catherine has taught creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and spent four years as Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of the West of Scotland. When not writing, she collects and deals in the antique textiles that often find their way into her fiction.

Praise for Catherine Czerkawska

“Beguiling and enchanting.” Scottish Review

“Czerkawska tells her tale in a restrained, elegant prose that only adds to its poignancy.” Sunday Times (season’s best historical fiction)

“A powerful story about love and obligation…a persuasive novel, very well written.” John Burnside

“Clear-eyed, succinct … a substantial piece of work.” Rosemary Goring, National