Kay Langdale - Author

About the Author

Kay Langdale taught 20th century literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and worked for a Marketing Consultancy as an Account Handler. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

Featured books by Kay Langdale

Away from You

Away from You

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

The heartbreaking novel from the author of CHOOSE ME, about the sacrifices parents must make and the anguish that can befall them. When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel. She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?

Away from You

Away from You

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

 When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel. She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?

Choose Me

Choose Me

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Billy is a nine-year-old orphan who is being fostered while his social worker tries to place him with a permanent family. But - rather like the animals in his favourite childhood book Dear Zoo - Billy is always sent back; he never seems to be quite what the adoptive families have in mind. And when he overhears his social worker say how difficult it is to find a family once a child turns ten, Billy realises he is up against a deadline ...

Her Giant Octopus Moment

Her Giant Octopus Moment

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2012

When a surrogate mother pretends the pregnancy has miscarried, and bears a daughter - to whom does the child belong? To her runaway birth mother, or her deceived father and his wife? Scout, born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, is kept by her biological mother, Joanie, who has deliberately deceived both the clinic and Scout's intended parents by claiming to have had a miscarriage. When this deception comes to light ten years later, a compelling moral dilemma unfolds as Joanie makes her situation worse in the eyes of the law and social services by going on the run. Scout is a resourceful, anxious, perceptive child. She craves normality in the face of her mother's restlessness and unaccountability. She is loyal to her mother, and loves her deeply, despite being aware of her inconsistencies. Will the Family Court make the right decision for this vulnerable and determined little girl?

Other books by Kay Langdale

The Way Back to Us The book about the power of love and family

The Way Back to Us The book about the power of love and family

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2017

'Kay Langdale has got the knack of writing books that you carry on sitting in an empty carriage for a few extra minutes to finish, to stay a little longer with her characters' Lucy Dillon (author of A Hundred Pieces of Me) 'There's no doubt Langdale is a wonderful writer, plots beautifully and is brilliant at showing her characters' inner worlds' Daily Mail What happens when difficult mothering makes you a difficult woman? Since their youngest son, Teddy, was diagnosed with a life-defining illness, Anna has been fighting: against the friends who don't know how to help; against the team assigned to Teddy's care who constantly watch over Anna's parenting; and against the impulse to put Teddy above all else - including his older brother, the watchful, sensitive Isaac. And now Anna can't seem to stop fighting against her husband, the one person who should be able to understand, but who somehow manages to carry on when Anna feels like she is suffocating under the weight of all the things that Teddy will never be able to do. As Anna helplessly pushes Tom away, he can't help but feel the absence of the simple familiarity that should come so easily, and must face the question: is it worse to stay in an unhappy marriage, or leave? Perfect for fans of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell. 'I read the book in one sitting . . . This could well be my book of 2017: so much of the moment, but completely timeless' The Book Bag . . . And in your words: 'Nothing I can say can go anywhere near conveying how good it is' Vicki D 'This is such a special book and I can't praise it highly enough. It's a must read' Jo '[Langdale] is educated and clever in her writing . . . This is a valuable book which pulls you right in from the start' Katharine Kirby 'I can't stop thinking about these characters - they feel like real people to me' RatherTooFondofBooks

The Comfort of Others

The Comfort of Others

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

'Reading it on the train I had to fight not to sob in public . . . Langdale is a wonderful writer' (Daily Mail on Away from You) Perfect for readers of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell. Minnie and her sister Clara, spinsters both, live in a dilapidated country house in the middle of a housing estate, built when their father sold off the family's land. Now in their seventies, their days follow a well-established routine: long gone are the garden parties, the tennis lessons and their suffocatingly strict mother. Gone, too, is any mention of what happened when Minnie was sixteen, and the secret the family buried in the grounds of their estate. Directly opposite them lives Max, an 11-year-old whose life with his mum has changed beyond recognition since her new boyfriend arrived. Cast aside, he takes solace in Minnie's careful routine, observed through his bedroom window. Over the course of the summer, both begin to tell their stories: Max through a Dictaphone, Minnie through a diary. As their tales intertwine, ghosts are put to rest and challenges faced, in a story that is as dark as it is uplifting.

The Comfort of Others

The Comfort of Others

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

'Reading it on the train I had to fight not to sob in public . . . Langdale is a wonderful writer' (Daily Mail on Away from You) Perfect for readers of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell. Minnie and her sister Clara, spinsters both, live in a dilapidated country house in the middle of a housing estate, built when their father sold off the family's land. Now in their seventies, their days follow a well-established routine: long gone are the garden parties, the tennis lessons and their suffocatingly strict mother. Gone, too, is any mention of what happened when Minnie was sixteen, and the secret the family buried in the grounds of their estate. Directly opposite them lives Max, an 11-year-old whose life with his mum has changed beyond recognition since her new boyfriend arrived. Cast aside, he takes solace in Minnie's careful routine, observed through his bedroom window. Over the course of the summer, both begin to tell their stories: Max through a Dictaphone, Minnie through a diary. As their tales intertwine, ghosts are put to rest and challenges faced, in a story that is as dark as it is uplifting.

Away from You

Away from You

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

The heartbreaking novel from the author of CHOOSE ME, about the sacrifices parents must make and the anguish that can befall them. When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel. She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?

If Not Love

If Not Love

Author: Kay Langdale Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2014

What defines a marriage?What are the ties that bind?It cannot only be a question of love...If not love, then what keeps a marriage or relationship together? Is it a matter of knowledge, of kindness, or simply the familiarity of a long road traveled together? If Not Love is a candid exploration of the lives of six women who, unknowingly, are all connected to one another. In this moving debut novel, each one must confront and accept an uncomfortable reality, and recognize what their relationships teach them about themselves. The truths of their marriages are far from an idealization of love; instead they carry with them an understanding of what it is to be a wife, a mother, a lover.For Sarah, it is not just love, but rather a brave commitment to the ties that bind-the oath she swore to and honors even in the face of temptation and desire. Kate, Sarah's best friend, understands that she would rather be alone than not loved, whereas Isobel, Kate's mother, reflects, in her widowhood, on the infidelity she accepted and possibly even encouraged. Martha, now in a retirement home, cherishes her affair with Isobel's husband as the defining moment of her life. Martha's nurse, Sheila, is in an unconventional marriage-but one that is shown to be enduring and with its own integrity. And finally there is Judith, who is the most tormented of all, and who must confront old demons before she can face life boldly.In a rich, evocative narrative, Kay Langdale interweaves the complexities of love and marriage with a rare maturity and vision. If Not Love is subtle and moving, and dark and painful at times. But it is ultimately a celebration of the journey each woman makes, both within her heart and within her marriage. It shows how individuals can make small, bold actions that transform their emotional history. A well-crafted story of individual and mutual empowerment, If Not Love displays a breadth of understanding of female honesty in an engrossing and perceptive debut novel.International Praise for the Unusually Powerful Debut Novel by Kay Langdale, Nominated for the 2007 Romantic Novel of the Year Award (UK):"e;Affecting first novel...celebrates, frankly and subtly, the checks and balances of marital life."e;-The Sunday Times"e;Langdale's approach in crafting is refreshingly, compellingly alternative...an elegant, adept use of language and a singularly insightful evocation of the mature female psyche."e; -her circle ezine"e;Langdale's accomplished debut takes some unfashionable themes-marriage, mother- hood, loyalty, and duty-and considers them in a fresh light, through the medium of six female characters....The sensitivity with which the author describes her characters' innermost thoughts is one of the things that makes this book worth reading."e;-The Times (London)"e;A powerful and positive meditation on marriage that resonates long after you have finished the book"e;---The Oxford Times

Choose Me

Choose Me

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Billy is a nine-year-old orphan who is being fostered while his social worker tries to place him with a permanent family. But - rather like the animals in his favourite childhood book Dear Zoo - Billy is always sent back; he never seems to be quite what the adoptive families have in mind. And when he overhears his social worker say how difficult it is to find a family once a child turns ten, Billy realises he is up against a deadline ...

Her Giant Octopus Moment

Her Giant Octopus Moment

Author: Kay Langdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2012

When a surrogate mother pretends the pregnancy has miscarried, and bears a daughter - to whom does the child belong? To her runaway birth mother, or her deceived father and his wife? Scout, born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, is kept by her biological mother, Joanie, who has deliberately deceived both the clinic and Scout's intended parents by claiming to have had a miscarriage. When this deception comes to light ten years later, a compelling moral dilemma unfolds as Joanie makes her situation worse in the eyes of the law and social services by going on the run. Scout is a resourceful, anxious, perceptive child. She craves normality in the face of her mother's restlessness and unaccountability. She is loyal to her mother, and loves her deeply, despite being aware of her inconsistencies. Will the Family Court make the right decision for this vulnerable and determined little girl?

Was das Herz wei

Was das Herz wei

Author: Kay Langdale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Wenn man seit zwolf Jahren verheiratet ist und immer noch von sich behaupten kann, man konne sein Gluck nicht fassen, ist dies ein untrugliches Zeichen fur eine gute Ehe. Jane und Nick Rogers fuhren eine solche Ehe. Sie lieben einander aufrichtig, gehen freundschaftlich und tolerant miteinander um. Da sie sich gegen Kinder entschieden haben, sind sie auch finanziell gut gestellt. Sie verbringen ihren Urlaub abseits der ublichen Trampelpfade, sie haben ein extra Fernsehzimmer mit 42-Zoll-Bildschirm, am Wochenende machen sie lange Spaziergange, die sie mit einem Besuch beim Biobauern ausklingen lassen. Abends kochen sie gut, und von nachlassender Sexualitat kann keine Rede sein. Doch eines Tages geschehen gleich zwei Dinge, die ihre heile Welt aus den Fugen geraten lassen: Janes Mutter Vera muss von zu Hause ausziehen, weil sie nicht mehr fr sich selbst sorgen kann. Und ins Nachbarhaus der Rogers' zieht Evie ein, eine alleinerziehende Mutter von zwei Kindern. Pltzlich gert eine Lawine von dramatischen Ereignissen ins Rollen, die selbst vor einer guten Ehe nicht haltzumachen scheint.

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