Every time I see the King and the Queen, I am reminded of what it is I have done, and then I am afraid, I am beyond all expression afraid. 

The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess. Ten-year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits. Cards, sweetmeats, scandal and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life. But as King Charles's niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty.

As Anne grows to maturity, she is transformed from overlooked Princess to the heiress of England. Forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political manoeuvrings of her sister and her closest friends and her own betrayal of her father, she becomes one of the most complex and fascinating figures of English history.


A touching and convincing portrait.
— The Sunday Times
This extraordinarily brilliant historical novel by Joanne Limburg makes poor, neglected Queen Anne bloom into vivid, painfully real, three-dimensional life. She’s a very rare and beautiful writer.

I can’t recommend it enough.
— Rowan Pelling


Joanne Limburg thinks things she doesn't want to think, and does things she doesn't want to do. As a young woman, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours had come to completely dominate her life. She knew that something was wrong, but it would take many painful years of searching to find someone who could explain her symptoms. 

The Woman Who Thought Too Much is a vividly honest, beautifully told and darkly witty memoir about the quest to understand and manage a life with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

She brings insight and rueful wit to her story, which is interesting not only to her fellow walking wounded, but for writers and would-be writers.
— Hilary Mantel, The Guardian
...an articulate guide to the workings of the tormented mind...
— The Daily Telegraph
Whether her exceptional insights into her own life stem from poring over the minutiae of her existence or from a rare poetic insight, her candid narrative evokes both pity and admiration.
— Metro