Welcome to my website!
The books I write are historical novels and I have had five published so far. They are set in the 17th century, in both England and France, and follow the life and adventures of my main character, Philip Devalle, who is half-French, My stories are based around actual events and feature many real life characters from this fascinating time, including Charles ll, William of Orange and Louis X1V, the magnificent French Sun King, and one of my own favourite people from past!
Philip is the son of an earl. At the start of the first book in the series he is still a boy, living at High Heatherton, his family’s estate in Sussex, but he has a miserable life there and is determined to go to London to make a name for himself as a soldier and as a courtier.The Restoration Court of Charles ll was an exciting place to be for a young man but Philip will discover that there is a sinister side to Court as well when over the years, he becomes involved in dangerous plots, political scheming and scandals. He will also need to be constantly on his guard if he is to survive not only as a soldier but also as a courtier, both at the English Court of Whitehall and the French Court of Versailles.
Each book contains a completely separate story, so you can come into Philip’s world at any stage in his career, but if you prefer to read them in order, the titles are Designs of a Gentleman: The Early Years, followed by Designs of a Gentleman: The Darker Years then High Heatherton, The Orange Autumn and The Distant Hills. They cover a wide range of happenings from the period, including the Plague and the Fire of London, the Popish Plot and the Glorious Revolution, as well as the wars against the Dutch and the French.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Designs of a Gentleman: The Early Years, I have posted it on the book’s page on this website, together with some reviews. You can read a sample of all my other books as well. You are welcome to post comments and also to leave your email address if you wish to be kept informed of events I will be attending or discuss any matters to do with writing or the 17th Century!
If you wish to purchase any of my books, please email me on email@example.com with your contact details and I will be delighted to send you a signed copy. Payment can be arranged either through my Paypal Account, which is: paypal.me/PhilipDevalleBooks or by credit card.
My books retail at £9.99 and postage will be free!
They are also available from Amazon.
My books have all been published by Troubador, so you can buy them from their website too, which is Troubador.co.uk and they can be bought in good book shops, such as Waterstones, and some independent book shops. I take part in book fairs as well, such as the one that was held on the 23rd of November last year at the Unitarian Church in Brighton (Where the photo below was taken!)
Obviously some of the events which I was planning to attend this year have had to be cancelled but I hope to still be able to take part in the Brighton Book Fayre, to be held at the Unitarian Church in Brighton on 21st November, between 10.30 – 4.30 p.m. and on Saturday 12th December I hope to be sharing a stall on Brighton Open Market with another local author, Richard Gough.
Would love to meet you!
I have a WordPress blog site – Judiththomsonblog.wordpress.com where I post occasional blogs about aspects of the 17th Century and I appear weekly on a digital radio station called chatandspin.com talking about my books and forthcoming events.
Follow me on Twitter @JudithThomson14
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org