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Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn

MA student’s history debut published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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'Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn: A Scandalous Story of Marriage and Betrayal in Restoration England' written by City University London alumnus Nigel Pickford has been published.

Based on a true account, the book examines the story of Lady Bette, the 14 year old heiress to the Northumberland estates in the 17th century. She becomes the victim of a plot by her grandmother, the Countess Howard, to marry her to Thomas Thynn, a man three times her age with an evil reputation. Revolted, Lady Bette flees to Holland but within weeks Thynn is murdered in a London street.null

Nigel wrote most of the book whilst studying for his MA in Creative Writing (non-fiction) at City. He says:

"It is very exciting to see Lady Bette and the Murder of Mr Thynn in print at last. I wrote the first sixty thousand words while doing the MA Creative Writing (non-fiction) course at City between 2010 and 2012. I found the course immensely challenging and stimulating and I particularly enjoyed the experience of working collegiately with other students engaged on similar projects."

Programme director Julie Wheelwright says that Nigel's prodigious research and talent for storytelling were obvious from the start of his time on the MA. "Nigel came in with a story that grew and developed into something with immediate appeal. I'm delighted to see his book in print and hope it will reach a wide audience."

Hear an interview with Nigel on BBC Radio London's Robert Elms Show on Friday 21st March at 12.35pm

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