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The Secrets of Blythswood Square

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399701570

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 8th February 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Adventure / Historical Adventure

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‘Gripping’ Good Housekeeping
‘Secrets discovered, ruinous rumours scotched, happiness regained and friendships founded’ Daily Mail
‘A novel of feeling and intellect which will surely and deservedly be a great success’ Allan Massie, The Scotsman

You wouldn’t suspect it, but scandalous secrets are being kept on Blythswood Square…

1846. Glasgow is a city on the cusp of great social change, but behind the curtains, neighbours are watching, and rumours of improper behaviour spread like wildfire on the respectable Blythswood Square.

When Charlotte Nicholl discovers that the fortune she has been bequeathed by her father is tied up in a secret collection of erotic art, she is faced with a terrible dilemma: sell it and risk shaming her family’s good name or lose her home.

An encounter with Ellory Mann, a talented working-class photographer newly arrived in Glasgow, leads Charlotte to hope she has found not only someone who might help her, but also a friend. Yet Ellory is hiding secrets of her own – secrets that become harder to conceal as she finds herself drawn into Charlotte’s world.

As the truth begins to catch up with both women, will it destroy everything they’ve fought to build – or set them both free?

Readers love Sara Sheridan’s storytelling!
‘I absolutely love Sara Sheridan’s books. They’re so easy to get into and so hard to put down. The Secrets of Bythwood Square is no exception. It’s a great story populated with excellent, believable characters and woven with rich historical detail’ 5* reader review, NetGalley
‘A fascinating, atmospheric story which I greatly enjoyed’ 5* reader review, NetGalley
‘I absolutely loved it, finished it within 2 days’ 5* reader review, NetGalley
‘Wonderful characters and a beautifully interwoven story.’ 4* reader review, NetGalley

‘Sheridan creates an evocative, enjoyable portrait of two women determined to lead independent lives’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Completely enchanting and fascinating . . . a rollicking and immensely readable tale’ SCOTSMAN
‘Lush, seductive and scandalous, this is a gorgeous read’ DAILY MAIL
‘A cracking good read’ VAL MCDERMID
‘Dazzling, original, full of wonderful characters’ KATIE FFORDE
‘What a beautiful, immersive gem of historical fiction’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘An absolute treat for fans of historical fiction and rich storytelling’ RED


Dripping with intrigue and luscious prose, this sumptuous novel shines a light on a Glasgow long past ... Sherdian's fine writing and expert characterisation just pull you in, so you can hear silk skirts swish and secret doors creak, as if you too are dwelling amongst the bustle of Blytheswood Square. I loved it
Karen Campbell
A gripping and beautifully written book
ES Thomson
An enchanting new novel
Scots Magazine
Sheridan is a mistress of the historical novel, and reading her latest book feels at times like stepping into an elaborate period drama set in Edinburgh and Glasgow . . . this is essential reading
Scottish Field Magazine
A gripping novel
Good Housekeeping
Sheridan's spry plot sees secrets discovered, ruinous rumours scotched, happiness regained and friendships founded in a novel that celebrates the search for autonomy
Daily Mail
A novel of feeling and intellect . . . a rich and compelling story.
The Scotsman
There's never any sense of time being wasted. Sheridan meticulously fills out her characters . . . a positive, optimistic novel.
The Herald Scotland
Thoroughly enjoyable, a novel of feeling and intellect which will surely and deservedly be a great success
The Scotsman Magazine