The Girl in the Glass Tower

  • by Elizabeth Fremantle
  • Narrated by Emily Watson, Rachael Stirling
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle, read by Rachael Stirling and Emily Watson.
Fremantle's The Girl in the Glass Tower is a stunning historical thriller set in the chaos leading up to the death of Elizabeth I.
Tap. Tap. Tap on the window. Something, someone wanting to be heard. Waiting to be free.
Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots, and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe.
Aemilia Lanyer, writer and poet, enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future. Ensnared in another woman's desperate schemes, Aemilia must tread carefully or share her terrible fate....
The Girl in the Glass Tower brilliantly explores what it means to be born a woman in a man's world, where destiny is strictly controlled and the smallest choices may save - or destroy - us.


What the Critics Say

"The research and historical detail are impeccable.... Fans will enjoy this evocation of Elizabeth's tumultuous court." (Times)
"A glamourous tale peopled by warrior poets, flamboyant courtiers and shameless loves. Sharp, perceptive and dramatic." (Sunday Express)
"Fascinating." (History Girls)
"Enthralling." (Historia)
"The combination of depth, intelligence and real historical imagination that Fremantle brings to bear on the lesser-known (but immensely powerful) women of the Tudor era is unmatched." (Manda Scott)
"A wonderful, totally transporting novel that folds you into its world, word by word, page by page. I absolutely loved this book." (Eve Chase, acclaimed author of Black Rabbit Hall)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fictional history at its best

I became interested in the story of Arabella Stuart after visiting Hardwick. This book does tell her real story in a fictional way that is so compelling, I found myself drawn in completely, rooting for her cause, hoping for the happy end she had so deserved.

Great performances for a great book
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- Ramona Toy


The story was compelling and the narration excellent. I really cared about the main characters and what was happening to them. To me this is very important in a story for if you are indifferent to them then you tend not to finish the book. I found myself listening to this at every available time. In fact I listened into the wee hours missing out on my sleep but it was worth it!

Elizabeth Freemantle is an accomplished writer and brings the historical stories to life. To me she's on a par to Philippa Gregory another of my favourite writer's.
I would definitely recommend this book!
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- Jenny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd