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REVIEW: The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright

Dear Mr Wainwright,

Alianore AudleyYour debut novel The Adventures of Alianore Audley is a brilliantly funny, subversive spoof that shouldn’t be missed.

Elizabeth Chadwick recommended this book on another list and it was well worth the effort to track down. I try to tell people to imagine a female Blackadder intelligence spy during the War of the Roses and they’ve got Alianore Audley. Smart as a whip with a dry, sarcastic wit, Alianore and her lord and master (who usually is smart enough to do just what she tells him) move through the tumultuous events surrounding the Lancastrians vs the Yorks vs the Tudors and somehow manages through stealth, bribery and blackmail to end up on top and unscathed. It makes trying to follow the plots, counterplots, battles, deceptions and intrigues that make up the Wars of the Roses actually fun. It’s absolutely hilarious but I do have to wonder if the anachronisms were a deliberate move on your part to see who’s paying attention and who’s napping while reading. B+.


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Jane
    May 13, 2006 @ 09:00:41

    I recall reading this at your suggestion. It was very funny. Alianore Audley is a perfect heroine.

  2. Jennifer
    May 13, 2006 @ 10:33:00

    Wasn’t this published by Jacobyte? I think I read it, and absolutely thought it was a hoot – had a great time. If it’s the book I’m thinking about, it’s well worth the read. Great prose and action. Fun all the way through.

  3. Jayne
    May 13, 2006 @ 12:04:41

    Yes, it was and that’s where I got my trade paperback with a totally different cover. I paid trade prices and shipping
    from Australia and thought it well worth the money. It’s now available at BeWrite in either trade paperback or (boo-hiss) a PDF ebook. I hate Adobe. But the price is right at only £1.00.

  4. Journal of An Avid Reader » The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright
    Jun 07, 2006 @ 00:09:09

    […] The Adventures of Alianore Audley was a fun historical romp set in 15th Century England  that was very well researched and a page-turner. The author does an excellent job of weaving fact with fiction and  mixing in  bits of  biting humor and wit. This book was rec’d by Jayne from Dear Author. I enjoyed it immensely. […]

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