The King's Exile

The King's Exile : (Thomas Hill 2)

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Spring, 1648.
When Thomas Hill, a bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. He is quickly arrested, forced on a boat to Barbados and condemned to life as a slave to two of the island's most notoriously violent brothers.
In England war has erupted again, with London under threat of attack. When news of the king's execution reaches the island, political stability is threatened and a fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell. The threat of violence increases. Thomas finds himself witness to abuse, poison, rape and savage brutality.
When a coded message from Ayscue to a sympathiser on the island is intercepted, Thomas is asked to decipher it. A disastrous battle seems inevitable.
But nothing turns out as planned. And as the death toll mounts, the escape Thomas has been relying on seems ever more unlikely...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 34mm | 240g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • map (black and white)
  • 0552166111
  • 9780552166119
  • 341,480

About Andrew Swanston

Andrew Swanston read law at Cambridge, but was inspired to write by his lifelong interest in early modern history. His Thomas Hill novels - The King's Spy, The King's Exile and The King's Return - are set against the backdrops of the English Civil War, Cromwell's Commonwealth and the early Restoration respectively. He is also the author of Waterloo: The Bravest Man. The first in a new series of historical thrillers set during the reign of Elizabeth I, Incendium (published in paperback as The Incendium Plot) introduces academic, lawyer and intelligencer Dr Christopher Radcliff. Andrew Swanston lives in Surrey.
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Review quote

"An excellent sequel: rich, rewarding, intricate but with that strong narrative drive that marks out a true page-turner. Thomas Hill has grown in depth and breadth and is a truly sympathetic character." * M.C. SCOTT *
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Back cover copy

Spring, 1648.

When Thomas Hill, a quiet bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet, he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. Promptly arrested, he is forced on to a boat to Barbados and condemned to life, and probably death, as a slave.

War has erupted again in England. When news of the king’s execution reaches Barbados, political stability is threatened and a fleet commanded by Sir George Ayscue arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell.

But nothing turns out as planned. Violence increases, the death toll mounts – and the escape Thomas has been relying on seems ever more unlikely…
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Review Text

"An excellent sequel: rich, rewarding, intricate but with that strong narrative drive that marks out a true page-turner. Thomas Hill has grown in depth and breadth and is a truly sympathetic character."
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162 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 25% (41)
4 46% (74)
3 24% (39)
2 4% (6)
1 1% (2)
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