Elizabeth Buchan - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Buchan led a double life for a while as a publisher and author, managing to successfully pursue both careers simultaneously, until in 1994 she became a full-time writer and hasn’t looked back since. Her first novel for adults Daughters of the Storm, was set during the French Revolution. Her second, Light of the Moon, took as its subject a female undercover agent operating in occupied France during the Second World War. Her third novel, Consider the Lily, became an international bestseller and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone. Her subsequent novel Perfect Love, was described as ‘a powerful story: wise, observant, deeply-felt, with elements that all women will recognize with a smile – or a shudder’. Against Her Nature was then published in June 1998, critically acclaimed as ‘a modern-day Vanity Fair…brilliantly done’. The Independent on Sunday praised the most recent novel Secrets of the Heart, which ‘recalls E M Forster’s Howard’s End…and celebrates human resilience and flexibility’.

Elizabeth Buchan has also had a number of short stories published in various magazines and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is currently on the committee for the Society of Authors, and was a judge for the 1997 Whitbread Awards and Chairman of the Judges for the 1997 Betty Trask Award. Elizabeth lives in London with her husband and two children.

 

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Featured books by Elizabeth Buchan

Daughters

Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

With an ex-husband embarking on a new marriage, and the surprising and late blooming developments in her own love life to contend with, Lara has enough to worry about, especially with Eve's upcoming wedding. And when she begins to fear that Eve is marrying a man who will only make her unhappy, and Maudie reveals something that shocks the entire family, Lara faces the ultimate dilemma. Does she step in and risk the wrath of her daughters? Or does she stand by and watch them both make what she fears will be the biggest mistakes of their lives?

Other books by Elizabeth Buchan

The New Mrs Clifton

The New Mrs Clifton

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

'A wonderful book about life in post-war London ... Buchan's believable characters live in a world of bombsites, shortages and speculators that is deftly realised' The Times As the Second World War draws to a close, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton surprises his sisters at their London home. But an even greater shock is the woman he brings with him, Krista - the German wife whom he has married secretly in Berlin. Krista is clearly devastated by her experiences at the hands of the British and their allies - all but broken by horrors she cannot share. But Gus's sisters can only see the enemy their brother has brought under their roof. And their friend Nella, Gus's beautiful, loyal fiancee, cannot understand what made Gus change his mind about their marriage. What hold does Krista have over their honourable and upright Gus? And how can the three women get her out of their home, their future, their England? Haunted by passion, betrayal and misunderstanding these damaged souls are propelled towards a spectacular resolution. Krista has lost her country, her people, her identity, and the ties that bind her to Gus hold more tightly than the sisters can ever understand... Praise for The New Mrs Clifton 'A truly wonderful writer. Her books are rich with authentic period detail and her characters are vivid and intensely believable - I love this book' Peter James 'I loved The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan, a story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist 'So so good. Great writing, great story. I could not put it down' Internationally bestselling author, Marian Keyes 'When their brother brings home a German bride in the wake of the Second World War, two sisters wonder what hold she has over him in the elegantly written The New Mrs Clifton' Good Housekeeping 'Compassionate and gripping' Fanny Blake, Woman and Home 'This compelling novel deals with the complex legacy of the war years ... Buchan, who brilliantly captures the blighted atmosphere of blitzed London and bomb-destroyed Berlin, is equally good on the emotional fall-out ... Slowly revealing the hidden secrets and chaos of the characters' inner lives, the novel describes how everyday life is tainted by the knowledge of what went on and the desperate measures that ordinary people had to take to survive the extraordinary circumstances' Daily Mail 'The tension is palpable and the atmosphere claustrophobic. Buchan vividly conveys the dispirited mood of a post-war London brought to its knees ... Her depiction of the horrors of wartime Berlin is equally compelling. She dissects her characters with precision to show the personal cost of war ... A powerful and emotional read' FIVE STARS, Sunday Express Praise for Elizabeth Buchan 'Impressive . . . nerve-janglingly engrossing . . . Buchan brings the period vividly to life' Sunday Times 'A scintillating WWII story packed with gripping espionage and a tremendous lead character. Constructed with skill and elegance - no one writes a cliff-hanger scene like Buchan - it's a breathtaking read' The Week

Daughters of the Storm

Daughters of the Storm

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2013

Revolution, love and death... in the Paris of 1789.A new world is being born and the old regime is going to its death...A time when the shadow of the guillotine falls over a nation at war with itself. In France under the last Bourbon king, the extravagance grows more outrageous and the unrest of the poor more dangerous. Into this ferment, are swept the innocent English Sophie Luttrell, visiting France for the first time, the French aristocrat Heloise de Guinot who hates the man her parents have arranged for her to marry and Marie-Victoire , the loyal maid, who finds herself immersed in revolutionary politics. They are the daughters of the storm which is sweeping France - and over the world. Three women whose lives will be forever marked by this turning point in history and whose passionate struggle for love, liberty... and for life... have such unexpected consequences.

Daughters

Daughters

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

With an ex-husband embarking on a new marriage, and the surprising and late blooming developments in her own love life to contend with, Lara has enough to worry about, especially with Eve's upcoming wedding. And when she begins to fear that Eve is marrying a man who will only make her unhappy, and Maudie reveals something that shocks the entire family, Lara faces the ultimate dilemma. Does she step in and risk the wrath of her daughters? Or does she stand by and watch them both make what she fears will be the biggest mistakes of their lives?

Consider the Lily

Consider the Lily

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2011

Winner of the 1994 Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award, Consider the Lily is a glorious fusion of love and gardening, of family life and coming to terms with loss. A haunting, passionate story played out between three people, it is also a poignant and beautiful novel of England between the wars that propels the reader into its own rich and nostalgic world. `An excellent story . . . strong imaginative power . . . wonderful sense of atmosphere' Joanna Trollope `Wonderfully stylish and absolutely compulsive reading' Penny Vincenzi `A gorgeously well-written tale: funny, sad, and sophisticated' Independent `The literary equivalent of an English country garden' Sunday Times

The Second Wife

The Second Wife

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2007

The Second Wife is the compelling novel from bestselling author Elizabeth Buchan. What happens when the mistress gets her man? Against the odds, that's what happened to Minty. She stole her best friend Rose's husband Nathan and made him her own. But now that she's got what she wanted - marriage, kids, a family home - she's discovering a few things she didn't bargain on: the cold shoulder from Nathan's other family, her husband's middle age and growing distance...and accepting that first wives don't just go away. What's more, age brings one or two other problems for Minty. Problems that will lead her back to the one person she really doesn't want to face... The Second Wife is a compelling and heart-warming novel from bestselling author Elizabeth Buchan. Praise for Elizabeth Buchan: 'Gorgeously well-written - funny, sad, sophisticated' Independent 'Beautifully observed, with the insight and humour that one has come to expect from the author' Times 'Compelling, compassionate, and aglow with moments of laugh-or-cry humour' Mail on Sunday 'Buchan is a cut above the rest' Sunday Mirror Elizabeth Buchan is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling and prize-winning Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, That Certain Age and The Second Wife, all of which received rave reviews. She lives in London with her husband and children.

That Certain Age

That Certain Age

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2004

With gentle but penetrating wit and insight, Elizabeth Buchan tells the story of two women whose lives are separated by fifty years, but linked in a variety of subtle and surprising ways as they try to make sense of the conflicting demands of liberation and duty, freedom and necessity, and the labyrinthine pursuit of happiness...

The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2003

From the author of the bestselling phenomenon REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN comes a compulsive novel about the fascinating tangle of marriage. Fanny Savage was once dutiful, clever, vulnerable and dreamy. Now married to Will, a successful politician with big ambitions, her life is a whirlwind of public engagements and loyalty to the party, a position that requires her to look good and remain silent. But she's no fool. She's well aware that the world outside her home is one that seethes with despair and danger, division and lack of faith, and how fragile happiness can be. She wonders if she's been happy coping with the transition from eager bride to politician's wife? Has she been the Good Wife? Does being good mean being truthful?

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

Author: Elizabeth Buchan Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2002

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman is the bestselling novel from Elizabeth Buchan. Rose Lloyd was the last to suspect that Nathan, her husband of over twenty years, was having an affair, and that he was planning to leave her. But the greatest shock was yet to come; for his mistress was Rose's colleague and friend, Minty. Left alone in their once-happy family home, where she and Nathan had brought up their children. Rose started thinking - about the man she'd married, and how well she really knew him. About the carefree yet studious girl she had been before she met him. Twenty years ago she had to make the choice between two very different lives. Could she now recapture what she nearly chose back then, a life where she put herself first? Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman is a compelling and heart-warming novel from bestselling author Elizabeth Buchan. Praise for Elizabeth Buchan: 'Gorgeously well-written - funny, sad, sophisticated' Independent 'Beautifully observed, with the insight and humour that one has come to expect from the author' Times 'Compelling, compassionate, and aglow with moments of laugh-or-cry humour' Mail on Sunday 'Buchan is a cut above the rest' Sunday Mirror Elizabeth Buchan is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling and prize-winning Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, That Certain Age and The Second Wife, all of which received rave reviews. She lives in London with her husband and children.

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