Tim Holden’s new telling of the Robert Kett story is riveting and captures both the hardships of daily life and the political realities of Tudor England. The characters are brought to life, adding a fictional interpretation to the historical events that took place around Wymondham and Norwich in 1549.
Two years after the death of King Henry VIII, England is a turbulent realm. His son, Edward, the child monarch is too young to rule, and the government is factious. The nobility jostle for personal power and prestige. The treasury is empty and the elite of wealthy landowners are bent on exploiting the poor.
When a yeoman farmer from Norfolk, Robert Kett, finds himself at the centre of a local dispute, his impulsive actions plunge him into a precarious alliance with the dissenting commoners. To prevail, Kett must bring order to the chaos, impose his own justice, overcome the deception and betrayal that surrounds him and stay true to his cause. As events spiral and disobedience sparks rebellion, can his leadership withstand the dangers and opportunities of a country struggling to leave its past and discover its future?
About the Author
Tim Holden was born in 1979, in Norfolk, where he still lives with his wife and son. When he was fourteen his history teacher, for reasons known only to him, said he thought Tim had a book in him one day. His words stuck. Many years later, he turned out to be right.
Tim is also the CEO of his family firm, Holden Group. Based in Norwich and trading since 1928, the company operates automotive franchises representing some well-known car brands. He credits the business with teaching him lots, especially the difficulties of managing and leading people, much of which has informed his storytelling.
Tim started writing industry pieces for the local newspaper, then articles for the Norfolk Institute of Directors magazine. Encouraged by his feedback, Tim decided it was time to scratch the long-held itch, and try his hand at fiction.
After various writing courses, tutoring and fiction workshops, several aborted attempts at novels, Tim discovered Robert Kett and his infamous rebellion. Astounded that such significant history was not more widely known in his locale, he knew this was the story he wanted to tell. Several years later, Spirals of Fate was published.
“I hope to bring this story to a wider public consciousness. I believe when you know the history of a place, the experience of walking in the footsteps of real people and real events, seems to bring a place to life. Every time I walk through any of the places featured in Spirals of Fate, I spare a thought for Kett and his followers.”
Spirals of Fate: The story of Robert Kett and the tumultuous events of 1549
Published by Monkey Time Books 2019
Paperback 568 pages
ISBN 9781916244801 RRP £7.99
Reviews from Amazon readers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2020
I found Tim Holden’s writing very engaging: he really brought the characters to life, and had researched the story so well; honestly, I would definitely put it up there with Cornwell, etc.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2020
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2019
This is a great story about a significant historical event that I’d previously not know anything about. Fantastic characters, brilliant narrative and I learnt something in the process. A debut novel by an author I’m looking forward to reading more from. Very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it!