Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

The Ashes of London


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The Times/Waterstones Number One Bestseller for eight weeks

Shortlisted for eDunnit Award
Recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy
Book of the Year selection in the Sunday Times, The Times and the Daily Telegraph

Published in the US by Harper

'Terrific stuff: intelligent, engrossing and… wonderfully plausible' - Daily Telegraph

London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St Paul’s is reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a traitor, and reluctant government informer. Another watcher is Catherine Lovett, a young woman whom nobody wants except as a marriageable asset.

In the aftermath, the body of a man is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul’s. But he had not died in the blaze – there is a stab wound to his neck and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Acting on orders, Marwood hunts the killer through London’s devastated streets … where before too long a second murder is uncovered.

At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood’s investigation will lead him into treacherous waters – and across the path of a determined and vengeful young woman.

‘Andrew Taylor reimagines the conflagration with aplomb… A new Shardlake may be rising from the ashes' - The Times

'Unforgettable… Andrew Taylor’s previous historical crime novels have won numerous well-deserved prizes. Read this one to understand why' - Literary Review

‘The Ashes of London presents a breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era… The multiple narrative strands are drawn together in a brilliantly orchestrated finale’ Financial Times

'Gripping, fast-moving and credible… a well-constructed political thriller with moments of horror, admirable and enjoyable' - Spectator

'A complex weave of history and mystery and the first of a new series from Andrew Taylor' The i

'Finely wrought and solidly researched, immersing the reader in Restoration London…the plot is fiendishly complex' - Sunday Telegraph

'An exceptional novel' - Sydney Morning Herald