BARBARA GASKELL DENVIL

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Barbara Gaskell Denvil is a multi-award winning author of historical fiction, mystery, suspense and fantasy. Now, for the first time, she is writing children’s fantasy, combining the genres she loves, historical and adventure with fantasy. (See Bannister’s Muster’s page for more information)

Having been born into a literary family where book shelves filled every room, she grew up assuming that writing would be her career. Her Scottish father was an artist and playwright, her Australian mother, a teacher, and her elder sister was a successful author first published at age 16. The classic Victorian author Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell was a great, great, great aunt. So yes, a rather bookish family. She began writing when she was extremely young and then went to work in the British Museum Library, with ancient folios and manuscripts.  This cemented her love of both literature and history. Moving on to work in traditional publishing, scripting, reviewing, editing and publishing many articles and short stories.

Her books now alternate between fantasy and historical fiction, drama, mystery, adventure and romance, with a passion for medieval settings and historical accuracy.

Miss Gaskell Denvil's work has been traditionally published by Simon & Schuster, but she now favours self-publishing as it gives the huge satisfaction of individual control. And personal choice of genre and artistic inspiration.

Her work has won many awards in the literary world (BRAG, Discovering Diamonds, Readers’ Favourites, Chill with a Book and others), and have all been generally acclaimed.

 

 

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  • Satin Cinnabar
    Satin Cinnabar
  • Satin Cinnabar
    Satin Cinnabar
    Escaping the battlefield, Alex, younger son of a slain lord, throws off his armour which would mark him as a knight of the defeated Yorkists. The Lady Katherine, having heard tales of marauding soldiers both vanquished and victorious, is dressed for safety as a boy. She and Alex, both in disguise, meet in unusual circumstances. Now lords once loyal to King Richard are in danger of losing more than their titles. Taking refuge in the kitchens of old friends, Alex impersonates a servant. During his unorthodox sojourn in the kitchens, he encounters Katherine once again. Given in an arranged marriage, the lady is now wedded to the new lord of the house. Alex and Katherine come face to face for the second time and begin a most unorthodox courtship. But Alex’s cousin is discovered murdered. The circumstances put Alex under suspicion, especially when Katherine’s bridegroom also dies suddenly, albeit of natural causes. The parish priest believes Alex guilty of double murder. Discovering the true murderer and convincing Katherine that marriage with the right person might actually be an excellent prospect after all, keeps Alex on alert for the rest of the book. The plots and sub-plots interweave, held together by the strong atmospheric medieval backgrounds and the depth of characterization.
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  • Sumerford's Autumn
    Sumerford's Autumn
  • Sumerford's Autumn
    Sumerford's Autumn
    Four brothers, four very different paths...Only one heir This is an interweaving plot of treason, piracy and intrigue all wrapped up with mystery and romance. With three older brothers, Ludovic expects no inheritance, no sympathy and no surprises. He has taken to a life of secret smuggling as his only source of income. Meanwhile the Sumerford home is one of brooding unease. Each of the four brothers has his own dark agenda and protects his secrets. Yet amid the conflict, Ludovic finds love, unexpected and passionate. Alysson does not at first appear to be his match, but he is determined to find a way to keep her. Yet these are dark years in England’s history and with the first of the Tudor dynasty on the throne, the fledgling rule is under threat from other claimants to the crown. One of the Sumerford brothers supports the 'pretender' Perkin Warbeck and gradually draws Ludovic into the conspiracy. Treason, if discovered, means certain death but when escaping from one danger, the twists of mystery and subterfuge can lead to others.
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  • Blessop's Wife
    Blessop's Wife
  • Blessop's Wife
    Blessop's Wife
    Medieval mystery, suspense and romance, a gripping page turner It is 15th century England and King Edward IV wears the crown, but no king rules unchallenged. Often it is those closest to him who are the unexpected danger. When the king dies suddenly without clear cause, rumour replaces fact – and Andrew Cobham is working behind the scenes. Tyballis was forced into marriage with her abusive neighbour. When she escapes, she meets Andrew and an uneasy alliance forms with a motley gathering of thieves, informers, prostitutes and children eventually joining the game. And as the country is brought to the brink of war, Andrew and Tyballis discover something neither thought was possible. Their friendship takes them in unusual directions as Tyballis becomes embroiled in Andrew’s work and the danger which surrounds him. A thrilling story of abduction, murder, subterfuge and romance
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  • Fair Weather
    Fair Weather
  • Fair Weather
    Fair Weather
    In Molly’s dreams, it is the year 1206 A.D. She is a young street urchin who has no last name and remembers no father. She is part of a band of thieves roaming the dark alleys of medieval London in search of their next mark. But it isn’t a dream. Molly is living two separate lives. In one life, she is a writer living in the present with the modern conveniences that we all enjoy. In the other life, she suffers the hardships of an orphaned waif with only the clothes on her back, using her wits to survive. Does Molly leave her body behind? Or is she physically tied to both worlds? There is much she doesn’t understand. Who is the mysterious and dangerous Vespasian, the orphan family’s mentor? Molly senses that he’s hiding something sinister, but she is strangely drawn to him, as if by fate. Can Molly stop the evil that is following her between the two worlds?
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  • Between
    Between
  • Between
    Between
    This is a most unusual crime mystery, and the twists are not as you would expect them. Many crimes go misunderstood and unpunished. But not forever. It is these consequences which we do not always comprehend, or are not around to judge. The young man is not sure how he died. Nor is he sure who to blame. But he is most certainly dead and not enjoying it, so he blames himself. He won’t allow those wretched shining do-gooders to tell him what he should be doing, but the flying gangs from the lower planes are no longer his friends either. Heaven is not the paradise he might have supposed, and now simply wishes to be left alone. After all, once dead, recriminations seem to bring small benefit. There are many others and they all have their hopes, their histories and their failings to overcome. There is a great deal to see and the freedom to see it, but the young man chooses a life with the birds and shuns humanity. Until he meets Daisy. Yet as soon as he is comfortable with Daisy, Wilmot arrives and unravels his composure all over again. He must, after all, face the circumstances of his death and the surprising truth of his life, leading to the final twist at the end.
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  • The Flame Eater
    The Flame Eater
  • The Flame Eater
    The Flame Eater
    Nicholas, heir to the earldom, has no desire to marry his dead brother’s cast-off. And Emeline has no desire to marry the brutal monster who murdered his brother, the man she loved and hoped to marry. This arranged marriage is a disaster, it would seem that it can’t get any worse. But it does. Fire rages through the castle and takes over the wedding night. Murder and arson are destroying more than just one alliance, and the culprit is unknown. Emeline joins with her younger sister and others of the household, determined to discover who is responsible for the disasters which have now entirely disrupted their lives. But the suspects are so many. It is therefore a group of eager but desperate women of various ages, characters and capabilities who attempt to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, Nicholas learns that he has a wife to admire and to adore. But is he a murderer? Is her mother? Her nurse? And will England’s political turmoil threaten their peace and cause even greater uncertainty? Life will never be the same. But perhaps that is just as well.
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  • The Deception of Consequences
    The Deception of Consequences
  • The Deception of Consequences
    The Deception of Consequences
    Richard Wolfdon, is one of the wealthiest men in England, and occasional adviser to King Henry VIII, yet he finds there is no challenge in his everyday life. He is utterly bored. Jemima’s father died at sea, now she must give up her home and money. But the discovery of three mummified bodies in the attic brings Richard Wolfdon into her life. He intends to delve deeper, and discover the identity of the victims, and more especially of the murderer. But on becoming better acquainted, Richard promptly falls in love. And soon realises that life is not tedious at all, and with murder and love both filling his mind with questions and delight, life soon proves absolutely glorious. This book brings Henry VIII and his second unfortunate wife Anne Boleyn into the plot, and with historical accuracy, defines the events that marked the end of Anne’s life. Surrounding these traumas is the fictional story of Richard Wolfdonn, Jemima Thripp and the convoluted adventure which brings them together with many twists and turns within the vivid excesses of Tudor England.
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  • The 'Stars and A Wind' Trilogy
    The 'Stars and A Wind' Trilogy
  • The 'Stars and A Wind' Trilogy
    The 'Stars and A Wind' Trilogy
    In the cold frozen north of the north, the smell of magic was in the air. Accused of casting spells against her evil family, a young girl is running for her life - again. But is Skarga responsible for the curses, or is someone else casting the magic spells? Who is Gimr the Skald? Paid by her father to kill her, claiming to be Gimr, he captures her, but he’s not the evil man she expected. She escapes, only to fall into the hands of another, but this man has plans to entertain himself with Skarga before ending her life. After spending most of the year in captivity, Skarga vows to remain free. The secrets and magic that she encounters complicate her life, taking her on an epic enchanted journey.
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  • Bannister's Muster
    Bannister's Muster
  • Bannister's Muster
    Bannister's Muster
    Nathan lives a quiet life with his sister and grandmother, until one night a strange man arrives in his bedroom and whisks him away in a balloon against his will. While still in his pyjamas! Nathan is thrown (quite literally) into medieval London, and left to fend for himself, until he discovers some great new friends and all the excitement he has ever wanted. Of course, with a few enemies too. (Adventure is never simple) . But best of all is the discovery of magic. Magic carries him and his friends to new lands and into new adventures, where he finds answers to old questions, and new ones to solve… “This beautifully written children’s book really drew me in. The characters are refreshing, there’s unusual adventures and atmosphere which make it all seem to come alive. The pace is fast, and I couldn’t put the book down. A new Harry Potter explosion, I think. I read it to my son and I was just as captivated as he was. There’s magic, history, mystery and humour. What more could you want?” SNAP is Book 1 of this series. Nathan has a lot more to discover in Book 2, with the help of new and old friends. Which will be published later this year.
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  • FUTURE TENSE
    FUTURE TENSE
  • FUTURE TENSE
    FUTURE TENSE
    Time, they say, is an illusion. As is boredom. To Mercy, life is boring, so she wraps herself in the illusion that one day her boss may actually see her as something other than just an assistant. Then, when illusion turns to hypnotic haunting, Mercy abandons belief in reality completely. Which is just as well, since her future bares no resemblance whatsoever to her past. The man who enters her life not only changes it entirely, but takes her skiing through time. Adventure zooms in where boredom once lived. Yet this man’s motives are never clear, and Mercy soon realises that considerable danger exists in timelessness, in the blind tunnels of dark matter, and also within the man she is falling in love with. Love itself can be the danger, but when that lover is a genetically unmodified ‘Nine’, then anything and everything is possible.
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Coming Soon

Future Tense, a brand new time-travel fantasy will be released soon. This is a book I adored writing and it is quite different to anything I have written before. But inspiration never leaves me in placid silence, and I also have a growing idea for a ‘who-dunnit’ which I will want to start soon.

Welcome to my updated website

I am thrilled with my brand new website, I am already in love with it. At the same time, all my books have been re-covered, and I adore them all. I think they are more indicative of their genre and have a bit more polish. Shortly I will also have yet another new website for my children’s books. This means an awful lot is happening, and so much is changing, it feels like an exciting new beginning. I’d love some feedback.

Childrens Historical Fantasy

 I often thought it a shame that so little history is now offered in school, and even less in fiction. I thought  filling the gap might be a holiday from the heavy research of writing for adults, but I soon learned differently. There is even more thought and discipline required in children’s fiction, but I am finding it extremely satisfying. I do hope my readers will find it as interesting as I have.

What I'm working on now

SNAKES AND LADDERS is Book 2 of the children’s BANNISTER’S MUSTER SERIES. This is now in the final editing stage and will be released at the end of October. The same characters delve even more deeply into the adventures which began in Book 1. And now book 3 is underway. Nathan and his many friends are facing greater dangers.

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