"Superb dialogue, steeped in contemporary language, adds credibility and atmosphere to
this compelling tale which examines the ties that bind together siblings, the consequences
of greed and ambition, the fickleness of fate and women's constant battle to survive in a
man's world. The Gilded Lily is also a fast-paced adventure peopled with ruthless villains
and feisty heroines whose exploits grab the imagination and add suspense and excitement
to a historical gem." --
'Deborah Swift's THE GILDED LILY is a heart-rending story of two sisters on the run,
searching for a better life. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, the novel drew
me straight into the teeming streets of Restoration London.
An addictive, page-turning read.' Mary Sharratt
Sadie Appleby has lived all her life in her small village. One night she is rudely awoken by
her older and bolder sister, Ella, who has robbed her employer and is on the run. The girls
flee their rural home of Westmorland to head for London, hoping to lose themselves in the
teeming city. But the dead man's relatives are in hot pursuit, and soon a game of cat and
Ella becomes obsessed with the glitter and glamour of city life and sets her sights on the
flamboyant man-about-town, Jay Whitgift. But nothing is what it seems - even Jay Whitgift.
Can Sadie survive a fugitive's life in the big city? But even more pressing, can she survive
life with her older sister Ella?
Set in London's atmospheric coffee houses, the rich mansions of Whitehall, and the
pawnshops, slums and rookeries hidden from rich men's view, The Gilded Lily is about
beauty and desire, about the stories we tell ourselves, and about how sisterhood can be
both a burden and a saving grace.
The Gilded Lily is a companion volume to
The Lady's Slipper, but also stands alone.
Pan Macmillan (UK) September 2012
St.Martin's Press (US) November 2012
On the left is the US cover.