Jane Elizabeth Varley studied at Oxford and went on to qualify as a barrister. She became a law lecturer and taught at Kingston University before becoming a full time writer. The mother of one son, she is married and divides her time between London and the USA.
When you pick up this author you know you are in safe hands, she never seems to let you down. Her insight into families and how they function pulls at the heartstrings or leaves you nodding in agreement. She is a delight. This is about sibling rivalry, about three grown children with a lot of learning to do and a lot more growing up to do too. It’s a great read. Comparison: Joanna Trollope, Jane Fallon, Elizabeth Noble.
A gritty, hard-hitting, engrossing novel of two brothers and their perfect â€˜surfaceâ€™ lives which hide some pretty horrid habits, especially those of the younger one, an absolute bounder. I became completely absorbed in this book; a real page-turner but sophisticated, sharp and very perceptive. Itâ€™s extremely good on how alcoholics behave and their reasons for drinking. The storylines are excellent and all the characters entirely believable. A first-rate read.Similar this month: None but try Santa Montefiore.Comparison: Joanna Trollope, Libby Purves, Diana Appleyard.