Full-length neo-Victorian(modern Victorian) novel featuring the story of Anne Boleyn in a Gothic setting.
A multi-layered story of romance, ghostly hauntings and hidden desire challenged by the complex moral strictures of 19th-century England.
Overarching sense of destiny and magical realism blends with time-slip episodes that refer back to the Tudor era and the love triangle between Queen Anne Boleyn, Thomas Wyatt and King Henry VIII.
Atmospheric Gothic-revivalist locations. Also the Tower of London and the Isle of Wight.
The characters become fascinated with the poetry of Tennyson and Thomas Wyatt. They are drawn to ‘the occult’ and to the sentiments of Pre-Raphaelite art.
The presence of Tennyson’s iconic poem The Lady of Shalott in the consciousness of the main protagonists serves as a bridge between the two periods, Tudor and Victorian.
Aristocratic country living and high fashion contrast with island life and the liberating ‘seaside culture’ of late 19th-century Britain.
The Victorian Gothic novel THE ARROW CHEST
The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist.
What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them relentlessly towards self-destruction?
Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.