The Poison Keeper

Naples 1633 Aqua Tofana – One drop to heal. Three drops to kill. Giulia Tofana longs for more responsibility in her mother’s apothecary business, but Mamma has always been secretive and refuses to tell Giulia the hidden keys to her success. When Mamma is arrested for the poisoning of the powerful Duke de Verdi, Giulia is shocked to uncover the darker side of her trade.

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Welcome to the online home of Deborah Swift, historical novelist. Before publishing her first novel Deborah worked as a set and costume designer for theatre and TV. She also developed a degree course in Theatre Arts at the Arden School of Theatre, where she taught scenography and the history of design. In 2007 she took an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, and since then has juggled writing with teaching.

Deborah has been published by St Martin’s Press, Pan Macmillan, Endeavour Press, Headline Accent and Sapere Books.

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Blog Tour - The Fortune Keeper by Deborah Swift, December 5th - December 16th 2022 #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @swiftstory via @maryanneyarde

Compelling, powerful and emotionally penetrating The Poison Keeper is a #mustread #historicalfiction #novel #bookrecommendation @swiftstory

"To construct a historical novel from a diary is an interesting exercise in patience, perseverance and painstaking reading" @swiftstory - wonderful interview by @maryanneyarde for all #histfic readers and writer and personally LOVE the Mr Pepys trilogy!

The Best Historical Fiction @GreatHistFic

Deborah Swift is talking about the challenges of writing #HistoricalFiction based on a diary. @swiftstory @maryanneyarde

We are so excited to share we have acquired not one, not two, but three historical WWII novels from writer @swiftstory 🥳

The first book, based on the true story of top secret decoders working for the SOE at Baker Street, will be out in April 2023. Watch this space!

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