The Phoenix And The Laurel

Jane Lane

978 0 7551 0833 6
Paperback | 368 pp
205 x 135 mm
Price: £9.99, $18.95, €16.95


In this portrayal of the first Jacobite, John Grahame of Claverhouse, Jane Lane presents the violence and colour of rebellion. Grahame, a man devoted to duty, casts ambition aside to stand alone for his King and lead the Highland clans to an astounding victory at Killiecrankie. From the quagmires of treachery and self-interest, the heroic soldier is described in this vivid glimpse at one man’s determined genius and bravery in the face of cruelty and destruction.


The Scottish scene emerges persuasively full of colour and harshness in a story that impresses with its lively romanticism.

The Scotsman

Author biography:

Jane Lane Elaine K. Dakers was born in 1905 and her first novel was published when she was just seventeen. She adopted the pen-name of Jane Lane to reflect the historical nature of her books, Lane being the maiden name of her grandmother, a descendant of the Herefordshire branch of Lanes who sheltered King Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.

A versatile and dynamic author, Jane Lane wrote over forty works of fiction, biography, history, and children’s books.

She is perhaps best known for her books about the Stuart period and 18th century Scotland, written from a Catholic and Royalist perspective. ‘A State of Mind’ is unique among her books, being set in a dystopian future.

She died in 1978.

‘Miss Lane towers head and shoulders above the rest’ – The New Statesman

‘A writer who offers…faithfulness to historical fact and style’ – The Sunday Times

‘One of the few contemporary writers who excel both as novelists and historians’ – The Tablet

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ISBNs: 9780755108336 978-0-7551-0833-6 Title: the phoenix and the laurel