A Cruel Fate

A Cruel Fate will be a QuickRead. A note from the sponsors about this series:

12 million adults in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book.  People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring.

Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books can be and are for everyone.  Each year we commission big name authors to write short, accessible books to literacy guidelines. The books are written in clear language and are full of the storylines, drama and emotional punch that would be found in the author’s other books.

We know that for a considerable number of people, engaging with Quick Reads has been truly transformational. Evaluations reveal benefits to quality of life, well-being, self-esteem, confidence and job prospects.  We also know that adults who become readers through Quick Reads encourage their children to read, transforming their prospects and creating the next generation of readers.  Quick Reads is making real, lasting changes to people’s lives.  

A Cruel Fate plot summary

As long as war exists, this story will be relevant.

Martin Watts, a bookseller, is captured by Royalists. Jane Afton’s brother Nat is taken too. They suffer inhumane treatment as prisoners-of-war.

In Oxford Castle, jailor William Smith tortures, beats, starves and deprives his helpless victims. Can Jane rescue her sick brother before he dies of neglect? Will Martin dare to escape?

Based on real events in the English Civil War, Lindsey Davis retells the grim tale of Captain Smith’s abuse of power in Oxford prison – where many died in misery though a lucky few survived.