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‘Merry England’, during the reign of Good Queen Bess, was a police state. It was a crime to miss attendance at the state church on Sunday, and a crime to hear a Catholic mass. It was a crime to be ‘a free thinker’.
Christopher Uptake, a young playwright, is an atheist. Living and writing in the crowded city, he thinks it has escaped notice that he never attends church – until the red-haired man appears at his door and gives him a choice: spy on your friends or be tortured and executed.


From then on, Chris plays a desperate game, trying to spare his friends yet save his own life…

Susan Price is the acclaimed author of many novels and collections of short stories. Find out more at her Amazon page.


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