King’s Company falls into the same category as books by Rosemary Sutcliff, Ronald Welch and Geoffrey Trease, although with a less formal, more contemporary feel to the dialogue and political passages. More recent books which deal with a similar period in history are Elizabeth Laird’s Crusade and Kevin Crossley Holland’s Arthur series (The Seeing Stone etc).
Do you have a favourite bookshop where you are a regular customer or in your hometown?
Ink84 on the Blackstock Road in Highbury is my new favourite bookshop. My other regular one is the Waterstones on Islington Green. There is also the Stoke Newington Bookshop, and the Muswell Hill Bookshop. The Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond is near where I grew up, although it’s relatively recent so I didn’t actually go there as a child.
Do you have any hobbies?
Visiting historical sites and discovering their stories; having bizarre conversations with nine-year-olds about how the world works; long walks in the countryside; reading, and watching good TV.
Are you on twitter?
Yes, my twitter address is @jessamy_taylor
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More about Jessamy:
Jessamy was born in 1975 and educated in Hampton, Middlesex, and at Cambridge University, where she read History. She has worked in music publishing and as a teacher. She now lives in North London with her family, and muses on the similarities between twelfth-century England and daily life in her kitchen. She is currently working on the sequel to King’s Company.
- King’s Company has been reviewed by the author S J A Turney. The review is published online here: https://sjat.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/kings-company
- Jessamy’s ‘Top Ten Castles in Fiction’ published in the Guardian Review (March 2015) https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/mar/05/jessamy-taylors-top-10-castles-in-fiction