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December Meetup: “Succession” by Livi Michael

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  • Heights Bar and Lounge (15th floor) | Saint Georges Hotel

    Langham Place, Regent Street, W1B 2QS (map)

    51.517826 -0.143182

  • The bar staff have informed me that our reservation will be in the "balcony area", not our usual space in the Small Lounge. But just ask the staff where the book group meeting is if you can't find everyone.
  • We will be discussing “Succession” by Livi Michael. Thanks to those who voted to select the book. Details below. Hope to see you there.


    A voluntary contribution of 50p to £1 is requested from all attending each meetup towards the cost of us hosting the group on


    “Succession” by Livi Michael (2014)

    Pages: 368



    Behind the bloody battle scenes of the Wars of the Roses lie the sinewy political skills of a remarkable pair of women. Margaret of Anjou, French, beautiful, unpopular; her marriage in 1444 to a young Henry VI causes national uproar. As English rule in France collapses, Henry goes insane, civil war erupts, and families are pitted against each other. With Henry VI incapacitated, Margaret Anjou is left to fight alone for her son's position as rightful heir.

    Meanwhile Margaret Beaufort, nobly born but far more distant from the throne, becomes a great heiress while only an infant. Her childhood is lived in echoing remote castles and she is lonely and vulnerable: everyone at Henry's court competes to be her guardian and to engineer an advantageous alliance through marriage to her. By the age of thirteen, she has married twice and given birth to her only son - the future King of England. But then she is separated from him . . . and her fight really begins. Succession is the intense and powerful story of the women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty.

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  • Justin

    Apologies all, but I will now be on holiday and therefore unable to attend this meetup on Monday evening. The venue is reserved as usual - they've said we'll be in the "balcony area" this time, but just ask where they've put the book group meeting. And Shirley has kindly agreed to host. See you all next time.


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