London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 29, 2009 -- This semi-fictional, non-linear work is set around the large, beautiful and labyrinthine 16th century Paycocke's House in Coggeshall, Essex.
With '500 years of passions buried in the timbers', this is a triptych of Tudor, Edwardian and modern sagas built together with rich drama.
Celebrated classical composer Gustav Holst's creative powers and physical health suffered whilst residing there after the success of The Planets.
In his latest work, Wysocki has drawn upon two of Holst's daughter Imogen's accounts of this era. The Cleaving of Paycocke's flourishes with her diary-like dispatches and revelations.
The author has also turned to a number of historical texts during his research, including the great English social historian George Trevelyan. Wysocki also draws upon the recollections of another of Paycocke's former residents, Reverend Conrad Noel, who helped restore the house's original glory.
Now a National Trust property, Paycocke's House still looks much as it did in 1509. "It has been the background to many a strange incident and fascinating character," Wysocki insists, "but the tale within these pages is imagined."
Perhaps the moral is: don't judge a book by its cover, because what you see is not always what you get. Wysocki also acknowledges: "I have massaged history to some extent to produce this novel."
The Cleaving of Paycocke's is also a lesson in questionable fact and intriguing fiction. Mark Fitzwarwick, a distant surviving relative of the Princes in the Tower, unravels its incredible history and arrives to claim his heritage.
Enlivened by intriguing, dramatic revelations, the house's ancient secret, had it been revealed, may have irrevocably altered the royal history of this nation.
The Cleaving of Paycocke's is published by Four O'Clock Press, a Discovered Authors' imprint), priced Â£9.99