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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vanora Bennett Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Bennett’s medieval England comes alive in ways a reader can immediately relate to, even while being transported away from the modern world.”
Christian Science Monitor


The story of two sisters caught up in the maelstrom of historic events, Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett combines the fascinating art and history of silk making with political intrigue and a sweeping, unforgettable love story. A breathing immersion into a Tudor England torn asunder by the War of the Roses, Figures in Silk is historical fiction at its finest—a rare and welcome treat for readers captivated by the fiction of Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunant, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Vreeland, and the Boleyn novels of Phillipa Gregory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bennett weaves a richly textured historical novel.” 

    Times (London) 

  • “Readers of historical fiction will be pleased with Bennett's sure-handed storytelling.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bennett’s second novel stands out for its engrossing storytelling, multidimensional characters, and intriguing interpretation of everyone’s favorite love-him-or-hate-him monarch, Richard III.”  


  • “Mysterious, romantic, turbulent, and rich in historic detail, Bennett’s engrossing story of medieval England during the War of the Roses should appeal to fans of Sharon Kay Penman and Tracy Chevalier.” 

    Library Journal

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kayla Baldwin | 2/18/2014

    " Though it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, I still liked it. There were a few parts where I was kind of bored, and one long part where Isabel was just pining for her guy which kind of drove me a little nuts. The origins of the English silk trade were rather interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tonya | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the historical look at business and the lives of the people of London. The characters were well written, and there were some unexpected quirks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill Knight | 2/10/2014

    " A great love story historical portrayal of a very strong common girl and a would be King of England. They main character takes you on a journey of a life that was lived to the fullest even when doubt and lies step in to destroy her. I would have liked to haved learned even more about the silk making process in addition to the selling and marketing within the first portion of the book so that relating to her everyday life would have seemed more real. The genuine giving of her love to someone so unlikely to receive it kept me wanting to know the true basis of his love towards her. I was not disappointed and I highly recommend this original take on figure of history that is so often written about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenn Nelson | 2/3/2014

    " Ok, this book is very well written. You can tell that she did A LOT of research on silk weaving and the silk trade during this time period. However, I found myself skipping over the explanations about silk so I could get to encounters between the lead character, Isabel and Dickon, (Richard III) I would have loved to see a lot more develop there. The author wrote from multiple view points, but never from Dickon's perspective and through out the book, his was the mind you wanted to unlock the most. Still a really good book though. Nice to see more historical lit on the War of Roses. "

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