Friday, May 28, 2021

Spotlight on Tony Riches, author of ESSEX - Tudor Rebel (Book Two of the Elizabethan Series)


Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is one of the most intriguing men of the Elizabethan period. Tall and handsome, he soon becomes a ‘favourite’ at court, so close to the queen many wonder if they are lovers.

The truth is far more complex, as each has what the other yearns for. Robert Devereux longs for recognition, wealth and influence. His flamboyant naïveté amuses the ageing Queen Elizabeth, like the son she never had, and his vitality makes her feel young.

Robert Devereux’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.


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Tony Riches
Fun Facts
(Stuff you may or may not already know!)

 I grew up in the Ngong Hills of southern Kenya and used to ride a zebra.

My nickname at school was ‘The Milkybar Kid’ because I was a blond, spectacle-wearing boy, and the other boys would never tire of shouting his catchphrase, “The Milky Bars are on me!”)

I flew in a Hercules heavy transport plane which suffered a bird strike and had to make an emergency landing when the engine failed.

 Hercules C130 (Wikimedia)

My wife and I were sailing in the Bristol Channel in August 2004 and survived the Boscastle storm, with twenty-five-foot waves crashing over our yacht. (The storm destroyed the lower town and most boats in the harbour.)

I was shortlisted for the first Amazon Storyteller Award, and presented with a large bottle of Champagne – which remains unopened to this day!

Amazon Awards

Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling Tudor historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the history of the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. Tony’s other published historical fiction novels include: Owen – Book One Of The Tudor Trilogy, Jasper – Book Two Of The Tudor Trilogy, Henry – Book Three Of The Tudor Trilogy, Mary – Tudor Princess, Brandon – Tudor Knight and The Secret Diary Of Eleanor Cobham.

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