The real life of Lady Anne Clifford, 1590 - 1676, is a story of feminine victory in a man's world, the men including King James I & VI, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and two husbands: the Earl of Dorset, gambler, waster and womaniser, and the Earl of Pembroke, gambler, waster, womaniser and the richest man in England. We have lots of glamour, intrigue in high places, danger, a love story, period detail and, eventually, triumph in adversity. From the age of ten, Anne was a handsome, virtuous and highly regarded figure at the Courts of Elizabeth I and King James. Her two brothers died in infancy, leaving her sole heiress, but her father, Earl of Cumberland, left his estates (large parts of Westmorland and Yorkshire) to his younger brother, Anne's uncle. When father died in 1605 Lady Anne (aged 15) objected to the will and, rightfully, claimed her inheritance. Kings, archbishops and wastrel husbands spent years trying to persuade her that she, a mere female, should think of the greater good of society as God and men had ordered it, give up her claim, and let the men have what was properly theirs. By shrewd moves, determination and faith, Lady Anne outlasted and defeated the lot of them, restored her castles and became the grande dame of the north.
Gordon Thorburn www.gordonthorburn.co.uk Published 2015 Paradise Restored & the Good Life Survived. Ant Press. The Squadron That Died Twice. John Blake. Luck of a Lancaster paperback. Pen & Sword. The Fighter Pilot's Handbook. John Blake (November) 2014 Merlin - biography of a famous police horse. John Blake Still Going Strong - 100 years of the RAF's senior bomber squadron, No 9. Pen & Sword. 2013 Luck of a Lancaster. Pen & Sword. Bomber Command 1939-1940 - The War Before the War. Pen & Sword 2012 Jocks in the Jungle - Black Watch and Cameronians as Chindits. Pen & Sword Superpiss, Meltykiss, Spankers and Muff. Constable 2011 Celebrity double biography (under pseudonym). February, John Blake Me and My MG. June, Remember When/Pen & Sword The Pocket Guide to Sheds. July, Remember When Remembering the High Street. September, Remember When Some Missing Persons. December, Fractal Publishing. 2010 The Classic Allotment. March, Remember When The Classic Herb Garden. June, Remember When Travelling Art - Gypsy Caravans and Canal Boats. June, The History Press Cassius - paperback edition, July, John Blake Pubs and their history. October, Remember When 2009 Cassius, the true story of a courageous police dog. March, John Blake No Need To Die - Americans in RAF Bomber Command. July, Haynes Publishing. Now an ebook published by Thistle. Earlier books published Animal Spy - undercover investigations into animal cruelty. Sept 2007, Vision Bombers, first and last - WW2 with No IX Squadron, RAF. June 2006, Robson Books Men and Sheds - October 2002, New Holland (150,000 copies sold) Baiting the Trap - ghosted autobiography of undercover agent. Simon & Schuster, August 2001 43 Unsporting Moments, Village Cricket, The Appleby Rai, The Buxton Baths Murders. Fido (self published) Awards London BISFA 'Best Scriptwriter', Los Angeles ITVA 'Golden Reel' (both for video documentary about lack of treatment for kidney patients); Lakeland Books of the Year, Jennings Prize (The Appleby Rai). Newspaper and magazine articles and stories - many, including Art Review, Best of British, Crafts, The Independent, Yorkshire Post, Garden News, Garden Answers, Yorkshire Journal, Police Review, At Home (medical journal), Golf Monthly, Whitbread Magazine, Yours, Plain English, FlyPast, Armourer, Britain at War. American magazines Logbook and MAKE. Weekly humorous column 'This World of Ours' in the Yorkshire Post. Monthly ditto in Best of British magazine.