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The drag king Queen of Scots

In the mid-1500’s, the tall and charismatic Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed disguising herself as a man and venturing out beyond her palace gates at night to drink in pubs.

These and more tales handed down about Mary led Aussie-born author Jesse Blackadder (pictured) to question what might have gone on between the Scottish monarch and her loyal and obedient lady-in-waiting.

“An epic historic thriller with a lesbian cross-dressing subplot” is how publishers Fourth Estate describe Blackadder’s new novel The Raven’s Heart, which the author says was in part inspired by the success of lesbian writer Sarah Walters’ critically-acclaimed all-girl bodice-rippers.

“There’s no suggestion in contemporary or current history that the Queen was a lesbian,” Blackadder told LOTL magazine, “but I couldn’t help being fascinated by this extraordinary character. Mary was the most famous cross dresser of the time – but surely not the only one.”

The critics are raving. “Erotic and sexy, dark and eerie, adventurous and playful, The Raven’s Heart is a delicious read,” says ABC Radio Short Story Award Winner Hayley Katzen.

Jesse Blackadder’s The Raven’s Heart is just landed in good bookshops across Australia.

Same Same has one copy of this extraordinary book to giveaway – leave a comment below and you’ll be in to win. We’ll draw the winner this Monday 28 February at 5pm.

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Sep77 said on the 25th Feb, 2011

Great to see another link the long chain of British royal "Family" :)


Sep77 said on the 25th Feb, 2011

And such an appropriate surname for the author, too!


katie0912 said on the 25th Feb, 2011

This is an awesome book! I couldn't put it down.


jenmakin said on the 25th Feb, 2011

Looks like a ripping yarn, will have to track a copy down (assuming not at Borders...).


jron said on the 25th Feb, 2011

Sounds like a very intriguing read! I'll definitely have to grab a copy!


mikhela said on the 26th Feb, 2011

I loved this - I love the subversive edge of imAgining the queen as a possible lesbian, and Alison Blakadder, the crossdressing lead character, is hot! When's the movie?

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 28th Feb, 2011

Hiya - we drew jenmakin's name out as the winner of this book. Congrats! I've sent you a message to get your details. x