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Joanna Courtney read English at Cambridge University where she first discovered a passion for history, specialising in medieval literature. She continued to write through her first years of work and then, married and living in Derbyshire, in the sparse hours available between raising two stepchildren and two more of her own.

She has flourished in shorter fiction, having over 150 stories and serials published in women’s magazines reaching more than 1,700,000 readers.  She also teaches creative writing across the country and for the Open University, has had her short stories broadcast on BBC radio and won prizes, and has written and directed several award-winning plays.


Joanna’s Queens of the Conquest trilogy – which tells the story of 1066 from the points of view of the three queens – is published by Pan Macmillan.  Her new series, Shakespeare’s Queens, beginning with the tale of Lady Macbeth Blood Queen, is published by Piatkus.  Writing as Anna Stuart she is also contracted to Trapeze for a heartbreaking love story called Bonnie & Stan publishing in 2019.


Follow Joanna Courtney on Twitter @joannacourtney1 or find her on Facebook at joannacourtneyauthor.


Roisin McAuley
The beginning of a brand new historical fiction series by bestselling author Joanna Courtney. Discover the real women behind Shakespeare's most infamous queens . . .

Cold. Ruthless. Deadly. The myth of Lady Macbeth looms large. But behind the villainous portrait stands a real woman. This is her story . . . 

Scotland, 1020 AD - King Malcolm II is fading fast. It is North vs South, for two families have a claim on the inheritance of his crown. Who will gain the Scottish throne?

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, a flushed and nervous Cora MacDuff waits to marry her sweetheart, Macbeth. But her dreams are about to be stolen from her as the night she was hoping for turns into a brutal slaughter. In order to reclaim the life she was promised, she will learn to use every weapon at her disposal - even her son.

BIBLIOGRAPHY Blood Queen, Piatkus, 2018; The Conqueror's Queen, Macmillan, 2017; The Constant Queen, Macmillan, 2016; The Chosen Queen, Macmillan, 2015.