Newly-wed Harriet stands poised on the threshold of the adult world. Her husband, James, is setting off to join the Duke of Wellington's troops in Spain and left alone in London, Harriet is taken under the wing of Lady Wellington. While Harriet plunges into a new life of freedom at home, James faces the bloody reality of the battlefield.
As war rages abroad and England stands on the brink of change, Harriet and James face hope and heartache in equal measure. From the mantillas and palms of Seville to the gas lamps of foggy London, Tides of War returns us to the vivid, lost world of the past.
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Hugely enjoyable... Intelligent, classy, entertaining - The Times
Seldom, since reading Jane Austen, have I so wanted to slip between the pages of a book and become one of its characters… She makes fiction as real as history and considerably more compelling - Financial Times
Marvellous... Her descriptions are wonderful - Sunday Times
Tillyard perfectly inhabits her period... Gradually the plot's threads tighten to reveal a perfectly sprung novel - Daily Telegraph
Dazzling - I love this book. It's beautifully written, the characters are deeply involving and the historical settings are so right - in short, Tides of War is a triumph -
One of the most assured debuts in years...a modern novel that is the perfect answer to anyone who thinks the past is out of date - Financial Times
Tides of War is elegantly written, with passages of verve and...poignancy - Independent
A perfectly sprung novel of the sort that owes more to Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell than Patrick O'Brian or Bernard Cornwall - Daily Telegraph
Love, betrayal, war and peace charge this powerful debut - Woman & Home
Tillyard writes in fluid, largely understated prose and her descriptions are wonderful - Sunday Times
Tillyard is a fluent and attractive chronicler of detail and some of her imaginative liberties are ingenious - Sunday Telegraph
This saga of lives swept up in the Peninsular War recalls Georgette Heyer at her best...impossible to put down - Saga
A thrilling romance brought to life with exquisite detail - Prima
A prodigious talent able to combine meticulous research with novelistic devices...there is much to enjoy and admire - Times Literary Supplement
Fluently written and impeccably researched - The Lady
Gripping - Easy Living
It is time we stopped thinking of the historical novel as a genre, and an inferior one at that. If its ostensible subject matter means that it doesn't attempt to tell us how we live now, nevertheless a novel set back in time may, if it is good, say as much about what it is to be alive as one set in the next street or another country today. Tides of War is such a novel. It is diverting, but not a diversion - The Spectator
A well written, engaging read...beautifully observed - History Today
A vivid account of a couple of years in the Peninsula Campaign and a sympathetic portrait of those left behind - Literary Review
A delicious novel by an experienced author who captures the scientific atmosphere of the early 19th century with a devastating study of infidelity - Oxford Times
The real life players of the Napoleonic era spring to life - i
Compelling - Big Issue
Highly assured and almost educational with its broad sweep of history - Guardian
Tillyard’s achievement is in this original portray log the Regency era and its relevance to our own time - The Lady
Stella Tillyard has been described by Simon Schama as 'dazzling...a phenomenally gifted writer'. Her books include Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox,1740-1832; Citizen Lord: Edward Fitzgerald, 1763-1798, and most recently A Royal Affair: George III and his Troublesome Siblings. She has lived in the USA and Italy and now lives in London.