After the sudden death of her father, thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother must take over The White Pheonix– the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral.
But England is at war with France and dire prophecies abound. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves.
When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she now save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have?
Can The White Pheonix rise from the ashes?
Catherine Randall was raised in Shropshire but has lived in London since graduating from St Catherine’s College, Oxford with a degree in Modern History. Catherine worked as an editor in book publishing before taking a break to bring up her family. She took a Masters in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton, writing a novella for teens as part of her dissertation. Known in her local area for writing two local history plays (The Teddington Review, and Letters from the Front), performed in 2017 and 2018, she now lives in South-West London.
Shortlisted for the Historical Association Young Quills Award 2021