‘The Order of the White Boar’

Welcome – to all new members of the Order of the White Boar!

The group of friends who have sworn lifelong loyalty – to each other and to their good lord, King Richard III.

Read about their adventures in The Order of the White Boar, The King’s Man and now King in Waiting (pub. 17 Sept. 2021). A fourth book in the sequence, Sons of York, will be published in 2022.

The paperbacks and ebooks can be ordered from all good bookshops, via Amazon at myBook.to/WhiteBoar and mybook.to/TheKingsMan, or by contacting me direct at AlexMarchant84@gmail.com.

The Order of the White Boar follows the adventures of Matthew Wansford, 12-year-old page to Duke Richard of Gloucester, and his friends, Alys, Roger, Elen and little Ed, at Middleham Castle from the summer of 1482. The King’s Man continues the story in the spring of 1483, as the Year of the Three Kings unfolds.

King in Waiting picks up the story of Matt and his friends in 1486, the early part of the reign of a certain Henry Tudor…

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Available for pre-order: ‘Clamour and Mischief’, an anthology…

My new short story ‘Watchers’ is now available for pre-order as part of the upcoming anthology Clamour and Mischief from Clan Destine Press.

I was delighted when editor and fellow author Narrelle Harris invited me to submit a short story to her planned anthology about the corvid family of birds – crows, rooks, ravens, magpies… Some of my favourite birds – fiercely intelligent and deeply embedded in the folklore of the British Isles. But I had no idea at all where the invitation would lead me… until I was driving one day through the ancient Yorkshire village of West Tanfield on the way to Middleham Castle…

Who are the Watchers and why do they wait?

Weaving together ancient Irish legend and the last battle of the Wars of the Roses, ‘Watchers may re-acquaint you with one or two familiar faces …

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A clamour of rooks. A mischief of magpies.
A storytelling of crows.

All the corvids – the rooks and ravens, jays and jackdaws, crows and magpies – have the best collective nouns. A parliament and a party. Tidings and titterings, bands and trains. An unkindness.

Clamour and Mischief brings a veritable storytelling to these corvidae, this bird family known for intelligence, cunning and connection with folklore and urban legends. Our storytellers come from around the world and include award-winning and shortlisted writers, as well as fledgling authors in their professional debut.

This anthology’s sixteen striking stories, edited by Narrelle M Harris, are imbued with the humour, darkness, wisdom and magic of the birds which inspired them. Take them as a jest, a guide, or a warning – but don’t, whatever you do, ignore them!

Full details and pre-order at: https://www.clandestinepress.net/products/clamour-and-mischief

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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“My Richard III – part 2”

Five years ago, before publication of The Order of the White Boar, in response to a post on Facebook from Jennifer C. Wilson, I wrote: “Well, this will take some thought – who would play Richard in ‘The Order of the White Boar‘? I imagine, though, that I’ll have plenty of time to do the thinking before it ever becomes an issue! 😂[Great prediction there!] I must admit, though I like the recon of Richard’s face, especially because it shows him younger than he’s usually perceived, it’s not what I ‘see’ when I write ‘him’. Having said that, I probably ‘hear’ him more than see… I think there may be a medical term for that! 😲”

The reconstructed face of King Richard


A few months later I wrote a blog about this – naming Kit Harington as a possible ‘fit’ with ‘my’ Richard… https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/my-richard-iii/

Kit Harington


With the upcoming film “The Lost King” offering a portrayal of Richard very different to any so far seen in the cinema, I think some of us may find we change our minds on who should play our king. Have you seen the trailer? From what you’ve seen, do you think Harry Lloyd may be ‘right’ for the role? I have to say a look or two in those two minutes made me think he may be…

Harry Lloyd – not as King Richard, but…

But what say you?

If you’re coming to Middleham Castle this weekend (27-29th August), don’t forget to come and have a chat – about this or anything to do with His Grace!

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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Two upcoming events! Bosworth & Middleham

So much to look forward to as summer wends its way onwards – and we in the UK watch the heavens for impending (and much needed) rain.

Seven years ago, on my first visit to the Bosworth Battle re-enactment weekend in 2015 when I was researching for The King’s Man, Sunday’s battle reached a climax just as a thunderstorm hit. It’s since become almost legendary that, just as ‘King Richard’ was struck from his horse, a huge thunderclap was heard and the heavens opened. Tears at the outcome? (There were a few shed, as ever, I suspect… Less so three years later, when an alternative ending was presented: see my blog on Bosworth 2018).

This year I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather – especially after the brisk winds and ultimate rainstorm at my most recent event at Shrewsbury Medieval Weekend. I worry that my modern gazebo won’t hold up to poor weather – though it has managed so far in windy Middleham Castle, despite various downpours during the Richard III Festival in July this year.

So please add your hopes to mine for my final two events of the summer – at the very least that the rain that England so desperately needs at the moment doesn’t fall precisely on the next two weekends.

On the weekend of 20-21 August I’m delighted to say that I will be returning to Bosworth for the commemoration of the battle and accompanying medieval festival (held for the first time since 2019). As usual I’ll be selling my own and other authors’ books – and offering readings on request. Although I can’t guarantee the amazing sound effects that accompanied me in 2018 when, just as the cannon fire began in my reading of the start of the battle from The King’s Man, so too did a gunnery demonstration in the main show field. The firing even synchronized perfectly with the blasts in the reading… It couldn’t have been timed better if actually choreographed!

https://www.facebook.com/BosworthBattlefield/videos/797606514928034/

And the following weekend – August bank holiday – 27-29 August – I’m back at our beloved Middleham – all three days if my stamina (and the weather!) holds out! I’m hoping to be joined there by one or two other authors (watch this space for details!), but either way, I’ll be selling the usual range of books, my own and others. As ever, the castle is a great day out for all the family – and a great place to browse a very relevant selection of books! Thanks, as ever, to manager Gill for inviting us along.

Hoping to see you at one or other of these places which proved so important in the life of King Richard.

Loyalty binds me

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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Announcing: my short story ‘Watchers’ to be published in ‘Clamour & Mischief’ anthology

I’m delighted to announce the inclusion of my short story ‘Watchers’ in the forthcoming anthology Clamour and Mischief, edited by Narrelle M. Harris (contributor to Richard III-inspired anthology Grant ME the Carving of My Name) and to be published by Melbourne-based Clan Destine Press in November.

The evocative cover has just been revealed.

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I can’t wait to share this new story with you. You may recognize one or two familiar faces from The Order of the White Boar sequence in it – but perhaps not ones you might be expecting! ‘Watchers’ is just a little different from my other writing. I wonder what you’ll make of it…

The press release from Clan Destine Press is as follows:

“We are thrilled to unveil the cover for our upcoming Clamour and Mischief anthology! Read on to see our incredible authors!

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A clamour of rooks. A mischief of magpies. A storytelling of crows.

All the corvids – the rooks and ravens, the jays and jackdaws, the crows and magpies – have the best collective nouns. A parliament and a party. Tidings and titterings, bands and trains. An unkindness.

Clamour and Mischief brings a veritable storytelling of crows to the corvidae, the bird family known for intelligence and cunning and for their connection with folklore and urban legends. These storytellers come from around the world and include award-winning and -shortlisted authors as well as emerging writers and fledgling authors in their professional debut.

This anthology’s sixteen striking stories are imbued with all the humour, darkness, wisdom, artfulness, vengefulness and magic of the birds that inspired them. Take them as a jest, a guide, or a warning – but don’t, whatever you do, ignore them!

Narrelle M Harris and Clan Destine Press are proud to announce the Table of Contents for Clamour and Mischief, due for release in the last quarter of 2022.

• “Once upon a Midnight” by Raymond Gates

• “All That Glitters” by GV Pearce

• “Sleuthing for a Cause” by Eugen Bacon

• “The Past is not a Present” by Geneve Flynn

• “Watchers” by Alex Marchant

• “The Song of Crows” by Jack Fennell

• “Kūpara and Tekoteko” by Lee Murray

• “Build Another Nest for Phantom Feathers” by RJK Lee

• “Branwen and the Three Ravens” by Dannye Chase

• “Seven for a Secret” by Narrelle M Harris

• “The Girl and the Crow” by R.D. White

• “The Jackdaw Maiden” by Katya de Becerra

• “The Language of Birds” by Jason Franks

• “Murder of Crows” by George Ivanoff

• “The Devil’s Teeth” by Tamara M Bailey

• “Quoth the Raven” by Gabiann Marin

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Publisher: Clan Destine Press – https://www.clandestinepress.net/

Cover Image © Andrea L Farley (aka Altocello)”

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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1976 and 2022: ‘Time out of Time’ and lessons from the future?

Twenty years ago, I saw a bricked-up doorway in an alley in a small medieval French town. It gave me the spark of an idea. A year later, a prolonged heatwave in the UK prompted the notion that the resulting book should be set during the heatwave and drought of 1976 – which I remembered vividly from my childhood – and that it should explore the subject of climate change and the effects of human activity on the environment.

A couple of years later, I still hadn’t put pen to paper. I had, however, made the decision to finally complete one of two novels that had been lurking in my brain for some time. Would it be the Scottish book that I’d begun a decade before or ‘The Doorway’, as it had become known?

The topicality and increasing urgency of climate change, exemplified by another UK heatwave that summer, decided me in favour of the latter. I would push on with what became Time out of Time.

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Fifteen years later, in 2021, Time out of Time was finally published. It had undergone various iterations in the meantime, one of which ended up toning down the theme of climate change a little because early readers felt one section was perhaps a little hectoring. The version that was published is definitely a better book than the first draft.

But here I am, nineteen years after the initial decision to focus on global warming and the environment, hiding away behind drawn curtains and closed windows because, outside, the temperature is forecast to reach a UK record today – again.

This is Yorkshire. I live high up on the Pennines hills, in an old stone cottage with two-foot-thick walls. Most of the year it’s cold and draughty. We get the worst of the weather sweeping in from both sides of the country here on top of the hills – wet and windy from the west, cold and windy from the east. Today, however, the temperature in Leeds, just 15 miles away, may hit 40 degrees Celsius or more. Yesterday, in the late afternoon, I noticed my temperature gauge in the garden creeping above 34 degrees for the first time ever. For once, I was grateful for the protection afforded by living in an old stone house set within a north-facing disused quarry, where, with some judicious curtain-closing, we were able to keep the temperature down to a pleasant 22 or 23 degrees. I count myself very lucky, given the difficulties faced by so many throughout the UK this week – and of course in other parts of the world where temperatures routinely rise to these heights.

Little did I suspect when I began writing Time out of Time, or even when I finished it almost four years later, that within little more than a decade, the UK would witness temperatures of more than 40 degrees. Such temperatures were only to be experienced elsewhere – Death Valley in the USA, perhaps, the Ethiopian desert, the interior of Australia – not in our usually rain-swept country on the north-west tip of Europe jutting out into the temperature-moderating Atlantic. I had only once ever witnessed a similar temperature – when the temperature gauge on the air-conditioned train I was travelling in away from Madrid ticked up to 40.

Allie, the 12-year-old lead character of Time out of Time, certainly has never experienced such temperatures. A typical 1970s child, she’s hardly been outside England – just one foreign holiday with her family, to Brittany in France which, as her dad says, has ‘lovely beaches, but it rains a lot’. Brittany being very like Britain usually is in many respects. The heatwave of 1976 for Allie is a run of many weeks of good weather to be enjoyed with her friends. She doesn’t have to commute on crowded, stuffy trains to the City of London to work like her dad; rather she and her friends can be taught in classes outside under the shade of trees in the school grounds until the end of term, and they can play in the park or in the countryside, sucking ice pops and dangling their feet in the cool streams. That’s what I did as a kid in 1976. (That said, I wasn’t dragged by my parents to an ancient house in the countryside that summer like Allie – my move was two years before, and not to a romantic old house but a 1920s suburban bungalow. Nor did I have to cope with loss of friends and having to make new ones.)

So far, since publication, I’ve focused on Time out of Time as a historical/timeslip adventure story. But this week I’ve wondered whether I should make more of its environmental themes. As one reviewer aptly put it, it offers ‘a timely and topical warning of how our actions in the present can influence the future of our planet.’

During the evolution of the story, I had to take a decision on just what time periods Allie would be transported to when she finds her bricked-up doorway. Anyone who has read my Order of the White Boar sequence won’t be surprised I considered the Wars of the Roses, but the lack of any significant action in the area of Surrey where Allie’s Priory Farm is situated prevented that. Instead I opted for the late 14th century, the English civil war and the Victorian period (late industrial revolution), each of which fascinates me for various reasons and had varying effects on the landscape and wider environment. One or two early readers suggested I should concentrate the story on just one period (for example, Will’s story in the civil war), but, having been brought up on very episodic children’s books like Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the magical books of E. Nesbit and Edward Eager, I wanted my time-traveller to skip among a variety of time periods.

**Spoiler alert** If you haven’t read Time out of Time you might want to look away at this point. Or, if you’re considering buying it for a young relative, and are not bothered by any plot spoilers, you might want to carry on.

With the main plot of the story based firmly in what, to today’s children, is the distant past of the 1970s, it was suddenly obvious to me that Allie would also have to travel forwards in the history of Priory Farm. Into her future. To the ‘present day’. Whenever that was. And that she would have to take lessons from that time – our time – back into the past with her.

Of course, the ‘present day’ changed over the writing and editing of the book. What life was like in the UK in the mid-2000s was rather different to what it was in 2012 when I wrote the second draft – and again different to when the final version was published in 2021. As one minor example, I abandoned a strand about waiting for the Harry Potter books to be published as the date of publication of the final one, HP and the Deathly Hallows (2007), receded into the distant past (just like the publication of Susan Cooper’s final ‘The Dark is Rising’ book which I had been eagerly awaiting in 1976: it was published in 1977!) I also had to update various other cultural references. (But a big thank you to Tom Daley for taking medals in both the 2012 and 2020/1 Olympics! And thank you BBC producers for casting the first female Doctor in ‘Dr Who’ – that allowed me a nice touch in the final sequences!)

Forecasting the future may be easier when you’re actually living in the times portrayed. But this week it’s occurred to me that perhaps Time out of Time was not quite robust enough in its portrayal of the time Allie travels to in her last trip through the doorway. (I was careful not to specifically date that year in her future: after she asks, with increasing apprehension, ‘Is this the year 2000?’, she then prevents another character telling her the exact year, having realized it might be better not to know.) Yes, usually damp, dreary England is living through another heatwave and drought in ‘Two thousand and …’ and the effects of unfettered development on the landscape, climate and individuals – and even the heritage environment – are touched upon. But the thought that the temperature would top 40 degrees anywhere in Britain during that unknown year was nowhere on my radar. Perhaps it should have been. If I’d heeded the warnings sooner, I could have added such touches into the narrative.

But then again, if we’d all heeded the warnings sooner – after 1976, or indeed at any time since – maybe we wouldn’t be facing the normalization of such weather conditions – and everything they bring with them: wildfires, desertification, ice-cap melting, sea-level rises, flooding, increasing human migration, plant and animal extinctions. Back in the early 2000s, I thought perhaps my germ of an idea for a book could contribute to the growing calls for change to prevent the coming climate crisis – especially by bringing the issue to the youngest generation who would, after all, be most affected by it. A fifteen-year delay put paid to that, of course (I am a very slow writer) – but plenty of other authors rose to the challenge well before me, quite apart from the huge numbers of climate scientists and others calling for action over the years. Yet what has been done? Precious little so far, it seems – and the crisis that was on the horizon twenty years ago has become an emergency that is now here.

Allie’s dad, when she asks him how the future can be changed, says ‘some people think there are billions and billions of parallel universes, all existing at the same time – that another one is created every time someone makes a decision one way or another, or does something different … No two futures are the same. Perhaps we just have to make a different decision and the future will be different.’ It starts her on a course to make a change – and hopefully make a difference. Maybe – hopefully – in Allie’s parallel universe, these days of 40 degrees extreme heat in the UK will never happen.

Time out of Time can be bought direct from Alex (AlexMarchant84@gmail.com) or via all good stockists.

 

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, was published in June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

 

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Launch day for ‘Sons of York’!

I’m delighted to announce that Sons of York is now available as both ebook & paperback! 🎉

Available at: mybook.to/SonsofYork

Continuing the story of the life & legacy of the real King Richard III in Book 4 of the Order of the White Boar sequence, and also the story of the ‘Dublin King’ 👑🐗

FREE to read on KindleUnlimited

And don’t forget, all week Books 1-3 of the Order of the White Boar are available at only 99p/99c to celebrate #publicationday

Go to: author.to/AlexMarchant

Please remember to post a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads if you enjoy the book(s). All reviews help especially independent authors such as myself with sales – and it also warms to heart to know a reader has enjoyed one’s book! Thank you

Loyalty binds me!

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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1 day to go …

“I opened my eyes to a golden, sun-filled but otherwise empty chamber, save for the bustling tavern keeper, now rearranging the chairs about me.

‘Morning, master,’ he said on seeing me stretching. ‘I trust you’ve slept well? Your friends retired to their room to sleep, but asked that you be left undisturbed.’

I thanked him with a small coin from my pouch and he eased back the bolts on the door to let me out into the street. From the place of the sun in the sky and the throng of people, pack animals and carts hastening every which way on the paved thoroughfare, I reckoned it was a fit time to spring my surprise visit on my family. I stepped lightly into the tangled lanes of my home district, and the bells of first one, then another and another of the many nearby churches tolled for prime. Then, ahead and above them all, resounded the great bells of the Minster.

I was home again, after more than four long, turbulent years…”

One day to go …

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And for the next few days, to celebrate the launch of Sons of York, all 3 previous ebooks in the series will be only 99p/99c – and of course FREE on KindleUnlimited.

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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2 days to go …

“‘There is the castle of Middleham, Edward. It is no more than a league now to Jervaulx. We shall not pause here.’

I had expected my spirits to rise as we approached the place that held so many happy memories for me. Of that long summer when first I had met Alys, Roger and Ed, and we had formed the Order. Those cosy autumn evenings in the company of Duke Richard and his family. The innocent days of that final spring before the duke’s life was turned upside down – and with it, my own. Yet, to my surprise, Lord Francis’s words caused me no regret. Not only my friends’ mood, but my own, was subdued as we trotted along the road into the outskirts of the village.

Our despondency was echoed throughout the company. Song had often broken out from one group of riders or another to speed our way that day. Not now. We drew near the market square with its well-remembered stone cross in silence, bar the clatter of horses’ hooves. To either side, cottage doors opened as we passed, and townsfolk peered out or emerged to stand and watch us without a sound. Men and boys returning from the fields also lingered along our way, gazing up at us, expressionless. Above all, the immense outer wall of the castle loomed.

The main gateway was barricaded by the massive wooden drawbridge, hauled up from its usual place lying flat across the deep moat. The entrance no longer offered us its old welcome. This once-loved home turned a blank, unseeing face towards us. A breeze swept down from the hills beyond, chilling me.”

Two days to go …

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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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A very special guest at the Middleham Richard III Festival!

I’m just going to interrupt my countdown to publication of Sons of York to announce that young Alex Goodwin will indeed be joining myself and five other authors (not to mention hundreds of other Ricardians!) at this year’s Middleham Celebrates King Richard III festival.

Thanks to some very generous donations made to our Go Fund Me page, on the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July the six authors will be welcoming Alex and his family on their first visit to King Richard’s favourite home – the ‘Windsor of the north’.

Alex Goodwin at the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre

Apart from myself, the attending authors will be Toni Mount (‘How to Survive in Medieval England’, the Seb Foxley mysteries), Maryann Benbow (the ‘Soldier’ alternative histories), Bridget Beauchamp (‘Maiden of Middleham’), Joanne Larner (‘Distant Echoes’, ‘Richard Liveth Yet’) and Susan Lamb (co-author with Jo Larner of ‘Dickon’s Diaries’).

And of course, I’m delighted to be launching my Sons of York at the festival. (Ebook available now for pre-order.)

Why not come along and join us if you’re in the area?

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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3 days to go …

“‘Well, here goes.’

Roger’s cheerfulness rang false to my ears, but I smiled at him in return. I clicked my tongue at my horse to encourage it – and me – and together we stepped off the last of the grassy land on to the sand.

There was no jolt, no faltering, no misstep, no sinking feeling. The sand beneath Caesar’s hooves was as firm as the turf had been. Before us the sandy ripples left behind by the retreating tide were sliced through by myriad tracks of foot-, hoof- and wheel-prints, but none was more than a fingernail deep. If the hollow drumming of marching troops on the grassland had given way to a softer, denser, sandier sound, it was scarce noticeable. The tumult of creaking wheels, jingling harness, rowdy laughter and cheering song that had accompanied the troops the previous day masked any change underfoot.

Had I expected muddy chasms to open up as soon as we set foot upon the Sands? Perhaps. My dreams overnight had been full of such terrifying holes and hollows, and since the guide’s warning, my fears had only worsened. But now I breathed again, and drew the fresh salt air, slow and deep and calming, into my lungs.”

3 days to go …

mybook.to/SonsofYork

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/SonsofYork

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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