Author launches latest thriller

Martin Stephen, who lives in north Norfolk , will be celebrating the publication of The Rebel Heart at The Holt Bookshop on Wednesday evening.

A Norfolk-based novelist will be launching the latest in his acclaimed series of historical thrillers in Holt this week.

Martin Stephen, who lives in the north Norfolk town, will be celebrating the publication of The Rebel Heart at The Holt Bookshop on Wednesday evening.

He will be signing copies of the book, which is described as a “historically accurate thriller with political corruption, royal scandal and the curse of fame at its core”. It is set in 1598, during the last years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and the question of succession is occupying the most devious minds in the royal court. King James I of Scotland, the Spanish and the vain upstart the Earl of Essex are determined to gain the throne - but who will win? Young spy Henry Gresham becomes entwined the in the intrigue, takes on a perilous task and is soon swept into a battle for power that takes him all over Britain and almost kills him.

It is the fourth book in Mr Stephen's Henry Gresham series - previous titles include The Desperate Remedy, shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, The Conscience of the King and The Galleons' Grave.

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Mr Stephen is High Master of St Paul's School in Barnes, as well as being a journalist and broadcaster, and is the author of 15 titles on English literature and military history.

The event runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the shop at 10 Appleyard, and refreshments will be provided. Call 01263 715858 for more information or email

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