THE latest novel by an author who lives on the edge of the Bolton Abbey estate,which is centred on events around Skipton in the Middle Ages, has earned the seal of success from readers.

Amanda Taylor’s ‘The Falcon with a Virgin’s Face’ was published in September last year and has now sold more than 1,000 copies in paperback and on ‘e-book.’

The novel is set in the 15th century during the Wars of the Roses and tells the true story of young Henry, Lord Clifford, of Skipton, who as a seven-year-old found himself in a family on the ‘wrong’ side in the War of the Roses, had to flee for his life, and was forced into exile as a shepherd on the Cumbrian fells for 24 years.

And the the book has been supported by the Duke of Devonshire, a distant descendant of Henry Clifford, who said: “I read this book in just two days; it is impossible to put down, especially for someone so familiar with the places central to the storey - Barden Tower, Bolton Priory and Skipton Castle.”

Amanda said: “I am obviously thrilled the book has done so well so quickly. I did the research for it quite a while ago. I am now working on a murder mystery and a spy novel.”

Amanda has also tasted success with five previous novels, all of which are available online and at bookshops.

The Falcon with a Virgin’s Face is available in paperback and ebook from, telephone 01904 431213. Also from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyloes, Blackwell’s and most independent bookshops, including the Grove Bookshop in Ilkley.