Sile Rice


Sile (pronounced 'Sheila') Rice was born in Leicester on St Gregory's day, the greatest feast-day of the Anglo-Saxon calendar. She always enjoyed telling tales, but when, at the age of twelve, she saw the BBC's dramatisation of Charles Kingsley's Hereward the Wake, with Alfred Lynch in the title role, her world was never quite the same again. She was set on the course to writing historical fiction, starting with her own version of Hereward's story, The Saxon Tapestry.

Sile immersed herself for many years in Saxon history and lore. Leaving school at fifteen to work in a toy factory in Kent, she continued to collect material and write alongside her various jobs. The Saxon Tapestry was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1991, to glowing reviews, and went into an American edition the following year.

A new edition of The Saxon Tapestry, in two parts, is being published on Smashwords this summer: Book 1: The Changeling, and Book 2: The Loom of Battle.

Sile lives in Ramsgate, Kent, with her cats Vanilla and Romney and many other feline waifs and strays whom she looks after on behalf of the cat rescue charity Cats in Crisis Thanet, of which she is a founding member.

She is currently putting the finishing touches on her next novel, Danse in Indigo.

Where to find Sile Rice online


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,060. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In the land of reindeer, way out north of Thule and Slabland, the deaf-mute Starkather, son of Grim the Eight-Handed, carves his name in summer runes in the bark of the ancient Wishing Tree. Thus begins the saga of the one they called ‘the Wolf:’ by turns bloody, earthy, and fantastical – but also, after a fashion, completely true.
Danse in Indigo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 95,500. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Against the backdrop of Hanover in the late 17th century unfolds a dark fairytale of love, lust, ambition and politics, involving the elector of Hanover and future king of Britain, George I, his wife Sophie-Dorothea, and her Swedish lover count Philip von Konigsmarck.
The Loom of Battle (the Second Book of The Saxon Tapestry)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,270. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
The runes have been cast. Harold is King, and the Viking and Norman invaders believe England is ripe for the plucking. In the resulting slaughter the country is brought to its knees, causing the outlawed Hereward to return. The Loom of Battle brings the saga begun with The Changeling to its harrowing conclusion.
The Changeling (the First Book of The Saxon Tapestry)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 76,660. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Anglo-Saxon England is poised between its last great flowering and catastrophic end. Two men – one a king, the other an outlaw – try to hold back the tide of history. The first book of The Saxon Tapestry tells of the youth and exile of Hereward the Wake, and of Harold Godwinesson's path to becoming the last king of a doomed civilisation.

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