We are delighted to announce that Number One bestselling author C. J. Sansom will publish his eagerly anticipated new Matthew Shardlake novel, Tombland, on 18th October 2018.

Tombland is C. J. Sansom’s seventh Matthew Shardlake novel – following, most recently, Lamentation – and involves Shardlake in a new murder case on behalf of the Lady Elizabeth, which takes him to Norwich where he finds himself caught up in the midst of Kett’s rebellion, the huge and dramatic peasant revolt of 1549.

C. J. Sansom says: ‘It is a delight to have completed Tombland. I have wanted for a long time to write about the surprisingly little-known English peasant rebellions of 1549, in which more rebels were killed than in the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt, and of which Kett’s rebellion in Norfolk was the largest. It has been a long time in the making – partly because of the sheer amount of research needed, partly because of delays through health problems. But here it is at last, with a murder mystery having ramifications both within and outside the rebel camp at the centre of the story.’

Tombland by C.J. Sansom



C. J. Sansom on Radio 4 Open Book