A cold, wet August evening did not prevent an enthusiastic crowd turning out for the official launch of The Welsh Linnet in the delightful surroundings of Reading’s Acland Street book shop. The book was officially launched by Dr Ros Black, senior lecturer in history at Deakin University, who provided an entertaining and informative talk on the historical background to the English Civil War. AJ Lyndon read briefly from The Welsh Linnet and then finished with a Welsh song from the book, Dacw Nghariad.
AJ Lyndon was researching treatment of Royalist prisoners of war in 1640s England when she became locked in Guy’s Tower, Warwick Castle for real. The walls were 10 feet thick and the heavy, iron bound door was bolted from the outside.
“It was a party of French school kids,” Lyndon said. “Luckily, help was at hand. My guide had a hand- held radio. Clearly this had happened before. It was actually pretty exciting to experience for real how my characters felt, even for a few minutes.”
Lyndon’s incarceration was no more than 10 minutes. The characters in her novel “The Welsh Linnet” are less lucky. Young Royalist officers, captured at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642, are confined there for months at the mercy of the sadistic prison governor.