“My eyes slipped down again to what lay before us. Our first sight of land for what seemed an age. Black cliffs reared up straight from the grey sea spray, from time to time inlets cut through them to reveal thin sandy beaches fringed with slopes of green, and small rocky islands were dotted here and there as far as I could see.
It was a forbidding coastline, with no sign of human life anywhere. No cottages nestling in the sheltered coves, no fishing boats bobbing in tidy harbours, not even sheep or other livestock grazing upon the clifftops or on the grassy slopes leading up from the shore.
I shivered. It was so alien compared with the busy Flemish port towns to which I was now used, or even the gentle rolling coast around Lowestoft or the estuary of the great River Thames in London…”
Three days to go …
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 Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.
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