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The Lady Brewer of London: A Novel


Karen Brooks

FROM THE BOOK JACKET: 1405: The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Anneke Sheldrake suddenly finds her family bankrupted when her fathers ship is swept away at sea. Forced to find a way to provide for herself and her siblings, Anneke rejects an offer of marriage from a despised cousin and instead turns to her late mothers family business: brewing ale.

Armed with her mothers recipes, she then makes a bold deal with her fathers aristocratic employer, putting her home and family at risk. Thanks to her fierce determination, Annekes brew wins a following and begins to turn a profit. But her rise threatens some in her community and those closest to her are left to pay the price.

As Anneke slowly pieces her life together again, she finds an unlikely ally in a London brothel owner. Determined not only to reclaim her livelihood and her family, Anneke vows not to let anyone stand in the way of her forging her own destiny.

Karen Brooks, author of The Brewer's Tale, answers Six Sharp Questions - The BooktopianAUTHOR INFO: Australian-born Karen Brooks is the author of nine novels, an academic, a newspaper columnist and social comentator, and has appeared regularly on national TV and radio. Before turning to academia, she was an army officer, and dabbled in acting. She lives in Hobart, Tasmania.


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