A Want of Kindness

Joanne Limburg

RRP: £8.99

7 January 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395904

RRP: £14.99

2 July 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395850

RRP: £8.49

2 July 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395898

Longlisted for the Historical Writers Association debut novel award 2016.

Every time I see the King and the Queen, I am reminded of what it is I have done, and then I am afraid, I am beyond all expression afraid.

The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess. Ten-year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits. Cards, sweetmeats, scandal and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life. But as King Charles’s niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty.

As Anne grows to maturity, she is transformed from overlooked Princess to the heiress of England. Forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political manoeuvrings of her sister and her closest friends and her own betrayal of her father, she becomes one of the most complex and fascinating figures of English history.


Succeeds in creating a touching and convincing portrait
The Sunday Times

A deft, absorbing book about a fascinating period.
The Times

It felt like looking in through the windows of Anne's life and I can't imagine the work it must have taken to create this effect yet make it also feel so seamless. Overall, an immensely enjoyable read.
Cambridge Magazine

Recreating the wit and extravagance of the times, this elegant, clever novel features an unusual heroine since Anne, who faces enormous personal tragedy, is gout-stricken, obsessed by food, a little dull and yet surrounded by the brightest sparks of the age. Joanne Limburg places us in the heart of this pageant of glorious individuals with Anne at its centre.
Sunday Express

A dazzling tour de force.
The Jewish Chronicle