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Penny Hancock - Author

About the Author

After several years in London, Penny Hancock now lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. She is a part-time primary school teacher at a speech and language school and has travelled extensively as a language teacher. This is her first novel.

Featured books by Penny Hancock

A Trick of the Mind

A Trick of the Mind

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she's newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she's always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. So excited is she that she barely notices when the car bumps against something on the road. That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Unable to hold the doubts at bay, she decides to visit the victim to lay her mind to rest, little knowing that the consequences of this decision will change her life forever.

The Darkening Hour

The Darkening Hour

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

A middle class woman at her wits' end. A struggling migrant worker with few options for survival. When tensions boil over, who will be the first to snap? Will it be Theodora, finally breaking under the pressure? Or Mona, desperate to find a way out?

ebook of the month

Other books by Penny Hancock

I Thought I Knew You

I Thought I Knew You

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

For fans of He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal, Penny Hancock's I Thought I Knew You is about secrets and lies - and whose side you take when it really matters. Who do you know better? Your oldest friend? Or your child? And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime? Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules's affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. And their two children - just four years apart - have grown up together. So when Jules's daughter Saffie makes a rape allegation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families. Especially as Holly, in spite of her principles, refuses to believe her son is guilty.

I Thought I Knew You

I Thought I Knew You

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

For fans of He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal, Penny Hancock's I Thought I Knew You is about secrets and lies - and whose side you take when it really matters. Who do you know better? Your oldest friend? Or your child? And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime? Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules's affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. And their two children - just three years apart - have grown up together. So when Jules's daughter Saffie makes a serious allegation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families. Especially as Holly, in spite of her principles, refuses to believe her son is guilty.

I Thought I Knew You

I Thought I Knew You

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2019

For fans of He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal, Penny Hancock's I Thought I Knew You is about secrets and lies - and whose side you take when it really matters. Who do you know better? Your oldest friend? Or your child? And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime? Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules's affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. And their two children - just three years apart - have grown up together. So when Jules's daughter Saffie makes a serious allegation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families. Especially as Holly, in spite of her principles, refuses to believe her son is guilty.

A Trick of the Mind

A Trick of the Mind

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2015

'Brilliantly written and totally gripping. I loved it' S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep on Tideline Have you committed a crime ... or are you the victim of one? Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she's newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she's always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. So excited is she that she barely notices when the car bumps against something on the road. That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Unable to hold the doubts at bay, she decides to visit the victim to lay her mind to rest, little knowing that the consequences of this decision will change her life forever.

The Darkening Hour

The Darkening Hour

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

A middle class woman at her wits' end. A struggling migrant worker with few options for survival. When tensions boil over, who will be the first to snap? Will it be Theodora, finally breaking under the pressure? Or Mona, desperate to find a way out?

ebook of the month
Kept in the Dark

Kept in the Dark

Author: Penny Hancock Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2012

When her neighbor's fifteen-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person that anyone would ever suspect. At forty-three, she is a strikingly attractive wife and mother. And like the River House, her lovely home overlooking the Thames, Sonia's life is a picture of perfection and normalcy-until she meets Jez. From the moment he shows up on Sonia's doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that she has worked a lifetime to forget. Drawn to Jez by a compulsion that she scarcely understands, Sonia takes him captive-prepared to sacrifice everything to keep him. Evocative of thrillers by Chevy Stevens and Sophie Hannah, Kept in the Dark is a haunting debut novel about obsession, desire, and the potential darkness in us all.

Cambridge English Readers Just Good Friends Level 3 Lower Intermediate EF Russian edition

Cambridge English Readers Just Good Friends Level 3 Lower Intermediate EF Russian edition

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2008

Modern, original fiction for learners of English. It's Stephany and Max's first holiday together in Italy and they are staying at the flat of Stephany's friend, Carlos. Max is a little jealous of Carlos and Carlos's wife is certainly not happy to see Stephany. It becomes clear that there is more between Stephany and Carlos than just friendship and the tension rises between the two couples. As Max discovers more about Stephany's past, he begins to wonder if he really knows her at all.

Love in the Lakes Level 4

Love in the Lakes Level 4

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. On holiday in the Lake District with her new jet-skiing boyfriend, Nick, Laura meets the local vet, Robert. Robert dislikes both Laura and Nick on sight. However, Laura soon discovers why Robert hates people from the city. Slowly Laura and Robert get to know each other better, and she soon has to make a choice: Nick or Robert? Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CDs including complete text recordings from the book.

Within High Fences Level 2

Within High Fences Level 2

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2005

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. Nancy is a security guard at a detention centre for asylum seekers and refugees who have come to Britain to escape persecution in their own countries. Nancy thinks she has everything: a comfortable house, nice furniture, a boyfriend and a beautiful Rolex watch. Then she falls in love with George, an asylum seeker who has nothing, and her world changes completely. Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CD including complete text recordings from the book.

Smile New Edition 4 Teacher's Edition

Smile New Edition 4 Teacher's Edition

Author: Penny Hancock, Gabrielle Pritchard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2004

A Love for Life Level 6

A Love for Life Level 6

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2001

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. In Cambridge, Fanella bravely faces the challenge of adopting a child alone after her partner leaves her. Fanella and five-year-old Ellie get off to a rocky start, but Fanella patiently steers their relationship on to more solid ground. Meanwhile, her relationship with Rod, Ellie's teacher and a married man, is a little more complicated. Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CDs including complete text recordings from the book.

Just Good Friends Level 3

Just Good Friends Level 3

Author: Penny Hancock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/1999

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. It's Stephany and Max's first holiday together in Italy and they are staying at the flat of Stephany's friend, Carlos. Max is a little jealous of Carlos and Carlos's wife is certainly not happy to see Stephany. It becomes clear that there is more between Stephany and Carlos than just friendship and the tension rises between the two couples. As Max discovers more about Stephany's past, he begins to wonder if he really knows her at all.Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CDs including complete text recordings from the book. Contains adult material.