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Guest Editor for December - Harriet Evans Guest Editor - Harriet Evans

In this special section devoted to our Guest Editor of the Month Harriet Evans discover more about her novels and find out first-hand from her the books that have left an indelible mark on her mind and inspired or influenced her writing.


Guest Editor's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed A Place for Us
Harriet Evans
Fans of Harriet Evans will probably agree that this big family drama is possibly her best book so far. It is terrific. Like so many of this type of involved family tale it centres around a gathering, in this case...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Reader Reviewed Not without You
Harriet Evans
Fans of this author will find she has grown up. This is no chic lit romance but a strong tale of shattered ambitions and changes of direction with 50’s Hollywood contrasting with today. It is a tale of jealousy and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Happily Ever After
Harriet Evans
An ex-publishing insider, she has been described as ‘Rosamunde Pilcher rebooted – in the best possible way’ and her stories are modern, absorbing and compelling. Not sure how much of this story is autobiographical but it charts the ups and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/11/2012
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Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 1
Harriet Evans
Beautifully told, with a cast of truly intriguing characters, this is a novel that immediately captures attention and allows you to immerse yourself in its velvety depths. This, the first in an exclusive four part serialisation of the novel, introduces...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 31/07/2014
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Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 2
Harriet Evans
September 2014 eBook of the Month. Wonderfully tantalising and entirely captivating, the second part of A Place for Us more than lives up to expectations....
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 28/08/2014
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Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 3
Harriet Evans
October 2014 eBook of the Month. Oh, this is such a gorgeously glorious read, the third part is as immensely satisfying as the first two. The party day, in all its harrowing fateful...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 25/09/2014
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Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 4
Harriet Evans
November 2014 eBook of the Month. Savour every last word of this enchanting and pleasurable read as the final part of 'A Place for Us’ wafts an enveloping warmth over the Winter family....
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 23/10/2014
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Guest Editor's Chosen Authors

Reader Reviewed American Wife
Curtis Sittenfeld
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on American Wife... Ooh, this book is so good. I’m saving it to reread for when I really need it. It is so absorbing, so sweeping, and yet it is also so intricate and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2009
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I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on I Capture the Castle... This is probably my favourite novel. It gives something new every time I reread it. At first it’s ‘just’ a story of a deliciously eccentric family living in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Venetia
Georgette Heyer
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Venetia... I was in bed ill for a couple of days last month. As any Georgette Heyer fan knows illness is no bad thing because it means you can reread a Georgette Heyer....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2004
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The Blood of Flowers
Anita Amirrezvani
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on The Blood of Flowers... This is one of those books that should have got a Richard and Judy or something to make sell a million copies but it was a bit too early...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2008
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Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life
Nina Stibbe
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Love, Nina... I need a book that gives me a warm safe glow come winter and this is that book. It is genuinely hilarious. I don’t know anyone else who has quite the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
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Captivating and masterful storytelling January 2015 Guest Editor - Harriet Evans ______________________

Harriet Evans is a Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of seven previous novels, including A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, Happily Ever After and Not Without You. She spent a number of years working in the publishing industry before becoming an author fulltime. She lives in London with her family. Author photo © Johnny Ring

Her latest novel, A Place for Us, is a big family drama and is possibly her best so far. It is out in paperback in January 2015. Find out more about the characters in the book by watching the videos from Harriet below.

Harriet Evans on...

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Ooh, this book is so good. I’m saving it to reread for when I really need it. It is so absorbing, so sweeping, and yet it is also so intricate and beautifully written. It is a really important book I think and it should have won every prize going. (If it had been written by and about a man I bet it would have). Alice Blackwell is a quiet girl from the Midwest who happens to become First Lady and this is her story and if you haven’t read it, I envy you coming to it for the first time.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

This is probably my favourite novel. It gives something new every time I reread it. At first it’s ‘just’ a story of a deliciously eccentric family living in a crumbling castle in a beautiful English village (and that’d be quite enough for me!) but it’s so much more than that. It’s about broken families, class, England before the war, and most importantly and daringly it’s about a young girl’s burgeoning sexuality.

Venetia by Georgette Heyer

I was in bed ill for a couple of days last month. As any Georgette Heyer fan knows illness is no bad thing because it means you can reread a Georgette Heyer. I reread Regency Buck and then Venetia and remembered again why Venetia is my favourite of hers. I have converted many to the church of Georgette. If you haven’t tried her, please give her a go. She’s so good and I think people who don’t know her think she’s soppy and she’s absolutely not. She is witty, elegant, gripping, gorgeously romantic, and this one is universally acknowledged to be her at her best.

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirezzvani

This is one of those books that should have got a Richard and Judy or something to make sell a million copies but it was a bit too early for that. It’s miles better than the Kite Runner, I think, and it taught me so much. It’s set in 17th-century Iran and is about a young woman who becomes a rugmaker. That description doesn’t do it justice at all! It’s so fascinating, you completely believe you are there in the bazaars and courtyards of Isfahan.

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

I need a book that gives me a warm safe glow come winter and this is that book. It is genuinely hilarious. I don’t know anyone else who has quite the same turn of phrase, sharp and surreal at the same time. It’s a series of letters written by Nina Stibbe to her sister when she was a nanny for a family in North London in the Eighties. People like Alan Bennett pop round for tea and bring casseroles. The devil is all in the detail and it’s just wonderful, you can open any page on any letter and be smiling seconds later.

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