Fortune’s Wheel


How do you recover when half your neighbours are dead from history’s cruellest plague?

June 1349. In Meonbridge, a Hampshire manor, the worst plague in England’s history has wiped out half its population, among them Alice atte Wode’s husband and Eleanor Titherige’s entire family. Even the household of the manor’s lord and his wife, Margaret de Bohun, have not escaped the horror.

Now the plague has finally left Meonbridge, the community is trying to return to normal life. But it’s a struggle, with so much to do and so few left to do it. Tensions mount between the de Bohuns and their tenants, as the workers realise their scarceness means they can demand higher wages, go wherever they wish, dictate their own lives. It’s what they’ve so long waited for!

Though his lordship takes a very different view…

When the tensions deepen into violence and disorder, and the men – lord and villagers alike – seem unable to achieve any resolution, the women – Alice, Eleanor and Margaret – must step forward to find the way out of the conflict that is tearing Meonbridge apart.

“Completely intriguing, fascinating and surprisingly emotional…more please!” @thebookmagnet

If you enjoy well-researched, immersive historical fiction, set in a turbulent and challenging time, with strong but credible female characters and a real sense of authenticity, you’ll love Fortune’s Wheel, the first of the Meonbridge Chronicles. Discover for yourself the compelling story of Meonbridge’s survival.

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Paperback edition

Fortune’s Wheel was first published by SilverWood Books in November 2016.

It was reissued as an eBook by Riverdown Books in May 2019. The paperback will be reissued in autumn 2019.

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You can also buy the paperback direct from SilverWood Books at

or, if you’d like to hold Fortune’s Wheel in your hand before you buy, visit One Tree Books in Petersfield, Hampshire.