Catherine Hokin

Catherine is a Glasgow-based author with a degree in History from Manchester University. Her 2016 debut novel, Blood and Roses re-tells the story of Margaret of Anjou and her pivotal role in the Wars of the Roses.

“An accomplished, absorbing tale.” Antonia Senior, The Times

Portraying the bloody dynastic struggles of the Wars of the Roses as a medieval House of Cards, Blood and Roses re-interprets the story of Margaret of Anjou, a woman frequently imagined only as the shadowy figure demonised by Shakespeare. This novel examines Margaret as a queen, a wife and a mother desperately trying to stave off the judgement of history by writing her own truth. It unfolds a web of intrigue, shifting alliances and secrets, revealing Margaret as a woman forced to play the highest stakes to pull a throne from the spoils of the battlefield.

Catherine also writes short stories  a number of which have been published, including in iScot magazine, or won prizes, most recently in the Henshaw Press September 2017 competition and the Writers’ Forum, publishing in January 2018. She is a member of the History Girls author collective, blogging on various topics on the 22nd of each month.

Following the publication of Blood and Roses, Catherine is now represented by Tina Betts of the Andrew Mann Literary Agency and hopes to have news of her second novel soon!

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