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Precarious Fortunes

By Ian Townsend

A gripping tale’ Malcolm Neesam


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Set in 1838, Precarious Fortunes brilliantly exposes life in Europe’s leading spa town of Harrogate, where many conventions of the period were being audaciously replaced by a more liberal and risqué attitude.

Miss Angela Burdett-Coutts, a young heiress reputed to be the richest woman in England, is heading for Harrogate to seek respite from the unwelcome attention of dishonourable suitors and scroungers in London.

At the same time, a captain in the 11th Light Dragoons is despatched to the northern spa town on a secret government mission. A chance meeting between the captain and Miss Coutts sparks the beginning of an intriguing adventure as the pair weave their way through a perilous web of deception, abduction and extortion.

Old scores demand settling and new ones add to the drama as this fast-paced narrative pits ruthless villains and corrupt aristocrats against spirited women and courageous cavalrymen.


Despite Harrogate’s colourful and incident-packed history, there have been few successful attempts to use the town as a setting for a work of fiction. A. A. Thomson’s 1935 story The Exquisite Burden has hitherto been an outstanding exception to this, but now it has been joined by Ian Townsend’s gripping tale Precarious Fortunes.

This uses the historical reality of visits to Harrogate by the extraordinary Angela Burdett-Coutts, the richest woman in England after Queen Victoria, and a party of Russians whose presence could spell great danger for the country. The author’s skilful incorporation of real Harrogate people and places adds to the richness and interest of the text. This well-crafted novel develops with gratifying logic, which after several riveting cliff-hanger climaxes resolves itself in a satisfying conclusion.” Malcolm Neesam


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2016-08-19 Sean .... Ian Townsend captures well the flavour of 19th Century Harrogate and paints a picture of high society life in a very readable way, with the author's sense of humour always present. An entertaining and interesting read. Rocky73
2016-08-09 Gary .... Great book! Couldn't put it down. If you are looking for a good read, this is it.

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