The Lady and the Poet

The Lady and the Poet
Genre : Fiction
Published : 3 Apr 2009 - Macmillan
THE LADY AND THE POET is the love story of the poet John Donne and his sweetheart Ann More. Theirs was a love that flourished against all the odds, as they faced vehement opposition from his patrons and from her family. The result was a marriage of minds and of “true plain hearts”.

Maeve Haran's new novel is a gorgeous, compelling love story, and a rich and atmospheric portrayal of 17th Century England.


Alive with period detail.

Sainsbury’s Magazine

Maeve Haran’s passion for Donne’s poetry and his age shines through on every page.

Choice Magazine

Her contemporary take on the novel was unique.

Writing Magazine

For authenticity of time and place, Maeve Haran’s THE LADY AND THE POET is unmatched in recent historical fiction. Here is Queen Elizabeth I’s world brought richly to life.

Carolly Erickson, New York Times bestselling author of THE TSARINA'S DAUGHTER and THE HIDDEN DIARY OF MARIE ANTOINETTE

History as pure entertainment, an inventive and delicious feast of passion, wit and intrigue.

The Times

Maeve Haran’s passion for Donne’s poetry and his age shines though on every page.

Choice Magazine

With its fascinating insight into Tudor life, this will absorb you to the end.

She Magazine

Haran seizes on period details with gusto… [This] leisurely narrative yields many satisfactions.

The Daily Mail

A superb theme… Everyone, from the Queen herself, to the elusive, sexy figure of Donne, comes wonderfully to life.

Reader’s Digest

A glorious period romp, rich in detail, character and insight into the dying years of Elizabeth I.

Dorset Echo

Lovers of classy historical romances will be in seventh heaven.

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Using both facts and her own imagination, Haran brings to life a little-known love story and creates an enchanting embodiment of the Anne who is absent from history.

Lancashire Evening Post


The Catholic Herald

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