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Kitty Canham

Love, loss and necessary lies. 

A woman had to be strong to make her way in the eighteenth century.

Kitty is her parent’s only surviving child. The life she has always known is changing. She fights to make her own way, but withheld truths and the conventions of the age conspire against her. 


Through an unexpected invitation she finds herself amidst London society. There she becomes the keeper of a secret, which leads her into a deception of her own. She seeks to live a conventional life, but when tragedy strikes, misunderstandings follow. She keeps her secret close, but the time will come when she can keep it no longer. 

This is a fictional story woven around real life events that began in Beaumont-cum-Moze on the North Essex coast. 

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A few images of the landscape surrounding my home. Kitty lived here 300 years before me. It was Kitty's extraordinary story and the shared experience of this landscape that first inspired me to write. 

The Bell Inn, with which Kitty was well aquainted, still stands at the heart of Thorpe-le-Soken. It is a true local and an excellent restraunt. It has recently won Channel 4’s “4 In a Bed” and has been awarded an AA 2 Rosettes for Culinary Excellence and been rated as an AA 4 Star Inn.

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