Nanteos: The Dipping Pool

Jane’s latest novel, Nanteos: The Dipping Pool, is companion to The Shadow of Nanteos, described by Robert Peston as "A wonderfully gothic evocation of Wild Wales". It is both prequel and sequel, continuing the story of the infamous Powell family of Nanteos Mansion and of the violent, secretive world of eighteenth-century Cardiganshire. It is a visceral, hard-hitting historical novel exploring life in the mansions and mines of the 'Wild West of Wales'. You can follow latest developments on Jane’s facebook page

Jane's eight lectures on Nanteos, 18th Century Ceredigion, The Wild West of Wales and the historical novel are on her YouTube Channel

"Beautiful and original writing... Branwen’s story is as memorable and moving as Tess D’Urberville’s"  

Helen Garlick QC ("I was always a bookworm – and I still am")

Nanteos: The Dipping Pool "Pulls off that rarest of tricks – we pause to admire Blank’s style, then race to turn the page." Prof. Richard Marggraf Turley, University of Aberystwyth, literary critic, poet and novelist. 

"Nanteos: The Dipping Pool draws us into a world of magic and enchantment, a world that is sensuous, thrilling, mystical – and dangerous." Professor Anne Rowe, Professor at the University of Chichester, Emeritus Research Fellow at Kingston University and former Director of the Iris Murdoch Society


Jane is always thrilled to join readers groups and others to talk about her novels and research, either in person or on-line. Please contact her here


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The Shadow of Nanteos

“The Shadow of Nanteos” was a Waterstone’s book of the month in Wales. Set in the haunting 18th Century Cardiganshire mansion, it is a passionate story of love and ambition. You can read a synopsis on this website & follow latest developments on the book’s facebook page. The novel was launched at an event, on 2nd October, at Nanteos Mansion 5 star hotel in Cardiganshire and has been long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Awards 2015.

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