SD Sykes

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SD Sykes lives in Kent with her family and a bunch of needy animals. She has done everything from professional dog-walking to co-founding her own business. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and attended the novel writing course at Curtis Brown Creative where she was inspired to finish her first novel. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding. She has a passion for history, particularly the more gruesome and macabre side of medieval life.






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    @jackjewers @HodderBooks Hahaha. I do love a good tapestry.

    @jackjewers @HodderBooks Oswald is back in England this time. He's travelled deep into Romney marsh.

Oswald’s character, beautifully painted by Sykes, dominates this excellent historical thriller set against the waterways, palaces and dungeons of medieval Venice.

Sunday Express
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It’s no fun reading a medieval mystery if it isn’t steeped in filth, squalor and pestilence. S. D. Sykes [...] serves it all up in vivid detail, from the noxious smells to an actual burial pit, heaped with the putrefying bodies of plague victims. 

Marilyn Stasio
New York Times on Plague Land

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The medieval CJ Sansom.

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