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Adele Parks - Author

About the Author

Adele Parks has had numerous top ten bestsellers. Adele has spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. She believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador of the Six Book Challenge, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy. In 2011 she was a judge for the Costa Book Aw ards.

Photograph © Jim Parks

Featured books by Adele Parks

Spare Brides

Spare Brides

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

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Spare Brides

Spare Brides

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'. The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

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The State We're in

The State We're in

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

THE STATE WE'RE IN is the stunning, emotionally powerful new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks. What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he's a resolute cynic - cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone. People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed. Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it's when they get off the plane that their true journey begins...

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Whatever it Takes

Whatever it Takes

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

A 2014 World Book Night selection. In her emotionally powerful and unputdownable new novel Adele Parks, Sunday Times bestselling author of ABOUT LAST NIGHT, asks the question: what if love's not enough? Eloise Hamilton is a Londoner born and bred, so it is a momentous day when she reluctantly agrees to uproot to Dartmouth, leaving behind her perfect world so her husband can finally live in his. There are compensations, however. Her mother-in-law Margaret will welcome her with open arms, and besides, she can still rely on best friend Sara to be her lifeline to London. But both Margaret and Sara are facing their own difficulties, and thrust into unexpected turmoil, Eloise finds she is the one holding everything together for her loved ones - and by an ever-weakening thread. As her world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all around her, someone is bound to be overlooked. And the damage might be irreparable...

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About Last Night

About Last Night

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

'I need you to say that I was with you.' For thirty years, best friends Steph and Pip have been through thick and thin. There's nothing they would not do for one another. Until these simple words change everything. Steph, eternally solid and dependable, is begging her friend to lie to the police as she's desperately trying to conceal not one but two scandalous secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty hot-head, is overwhelmed; she's normally the one asking for help in a crisis. It's a big ask. So what would you do?

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Other books by Adele Parks

Lies Lies Lies

Lies Lies Lies

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2019

SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER! 'Gripping, moving and elegantly written' Marian Keyes 'Completely addictive' Ruth Jones 'Taut and thrilling' Veronica Henry Daisy and Simon's marriage is great, isn't it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes - Daisy's used to it, she knows he's letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again. In Lies Lies Lies Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets. Praise for Lies Lies Lies: 'Gripping, moving and elegantly written' Marian Keyes 'Brilliant, moving and deeply satisfying, Parks is the queen of the domestic dark side' Veronica Henry 'Completely addictive... superbly drawn. Fabulous' Ruth Jones 'An utterly gripping, dark, addictive read, with characters so real, and an emotional punch so hard it left me a little winded. A brilliant page turner!' Alice Feeney 'Compelling and suspenseful' Catherine Isaac 'I devoured Lies, Lies, Lies... so engaging, well written. It is one of those rare books that earns the title, unputdownable' Sally Hepworth 'Brilliantly twisty and makes for a thrilling, unputdownable read but is also so insightful about human nature: her characters, with all their flaws and secrets, are utterly real. A triumph' Lucy Foley 'The gripping, visceral portrait of the disintegration of a marriage take the didn't-see-that-coming plot twist to new heights ****' Heat 'A gripping and unpredictable read hiding some deliciously dark secrets and lies' OK 'A sharply crafted tale ... the ultimate read for fans of domestic noir' Woman's Weekly 'I'm not going to lie! Adele Parks takes you straight into the heart of her characters. Her twists about human nature form the icing on the cake' Jane Corry 'BOOM! What a book! Layers and layers of intrigue and characters I want to spend a lifetime with. Loved it' Suzy K Quinn

I Invited Her In

I Invited Her In

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2018

'Packed with secrets, scandal and suspense, this is Adele Parks at her absolute best.' Heat 'really REALLY good...absolutely brilliant' Marian Keyes A gripping story of friendship and betrayal from international best-selling author Adele Parks 'I invited her in... and she took everything.' When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn't hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel's unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi's lives couldn't be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel's house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband... This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can't have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks. Praise for I Invited Her In: 'really REALLY good...absolutely brilliant' Marian Keyes 'Packed with secrets, scandal and suspense, this is Adele Parks at her absolute best.' Heat 'Wow! What a read. Intense, clever and masterful.' Lisa Jewell 'Original and compelling. I read it in one sitting.' Jane Fallon 'Fabulously gripping. Superb.' Ruth Jones 'A beautifully written tale of revenge and retribution, full of unexpected plot twists.' The Daily Mail 'weaving together the emotions and ties that bind female friends with a cracking paced twist of a tale' Stylist 'This chilling domestic noir tale is full of revenge, betrayal and gasp-out-loud moments' Fabulous Magazine

The Image of You

The Image of You

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

The utterly gripping novel from the number one bestselling author of The Stranger In My Home! If you love Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and Shari Lapena, this story of family, deception, lies and secrets is your perfect holiday read ... 'BRILLIANT STORYLINE, GREAT CHARACTERS, VERY CLEVER, LOVED IT!' B A Paris 'ADDICTIVE AND PERCEPTIVE' Lucy Atkins 'COMPELLING AND GRIPPING' Daily Express Can you ever trust someone you meet online? Twins Anna and Zoe are identical in appearance and utterly different in personality. They share a bond so close that nothing - and no one - can rip them apart. Until Anna meets charismatic Nick. Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect. Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar. Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She'll stop at nothing to discover the truth about Nick. Lies may hurt. But honesty can kill... This stunning, addictive and powerful novel by the 3.5 million copy bestselling author ADELE PARKS will keep you on the edge of your seat and you'll never guess the delicious twist!

The Stranger In My Home: I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong.

The Stranger In My Home: I thought she was my daughter. I was wrong.

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2017

The Number One eBook Bestseller What would YOU do if your child wasn't yours? Utterly compelling, Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks's new contemporary novel The Stranger In My Home, is sure to move, grip and delight her fans, along with readers of Liane Moriarty, Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena. Alison is lucky and she knows it. She has the life she always craved, including a happy home with Jeff and their brilliant, vivacious teenage daughter, Katherine - the absolute centre of Alison's world. Then a knock at the door ends life as they know it. Fifteen years ago, someone else took Alison's baby from the hospital. And now Alison is facing the unthinkable. The daughter she brought home doesn't belong to her. When you have everything you dreamed of, there is everything to lose.

Love Is A Journey: A Short Story Collection

Love Is A Journey: A Short Story Collection

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

The perfect read for a summer holiday. Adele Parks, Sunday Times bestselling author of The State We're In and the No. 1 bestselling ebook The Stranger In My Home, draws together some of her most popular short stories in Love Is A Journey, a collection that will delight existing and new fans alike, and appeal to readers of Lisa Jewell and Jojo Moyes. Whether it's finding the elusive 'one'... Falling in love where you least expect it... Starting over when your love life throws you a curve ball... Or living the happy ever after you've always dreamed about... Love is a journey...and it's well worth the ride. Love Is A Journey brings together the ebook collections, Finding The One, New Beginnings, Happy Endings and Love Is Complicated. Also includes a brand new short story, exclusive to this collection, as well as a preview of Adele's compelling novel, The Stranger In My Home.

The Stranger in My Home

The Stranger in My Home

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

The new contemporary novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE STATE WE'RE IN, WHATEVER IT TAKES and MEN I'VE LOVED BEFORE.

If You Go Away

If You Go Away

Author: Adele Parks Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/07/2015

Glamorous debutantes, heartbreak and discovering just what is worth fighting for in the new historical novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks. 1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day - domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate - after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives. Howard, a brilliant young playwright rushes to the front to see for himself the best and the worst of humanity; he cannot imagine what the horror might be. In March 1916, when conscription becomes law, it is no longer enough for him to report on the War, it's a legal requirement that he joins the ranks. Howard refuses, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time. Disarmingly handsome, famous, articulate and informed, he's a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take essential work on Vivian's farm, it's only then Howard understands what is worth fighting for. Unabridged edition read by Charlotte Strevens. This MP3-CD cannot be played on all disc players. Please make sure you have access to an MP3 compatible device.

Spare Brides

Spare Brides

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

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Spare Brides

Spare Brides

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'. The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

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Spare Brides

Spare Brides

Author: Adele Parks Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2014

Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'. This richly compelling and emotional novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

The State We're in

The State We're in

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

THE STATE WE'RE IN is the stunning, emotionally powerful new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks. What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he's a resolute cynic - cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone. People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed. Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it's when they get off the plane that their true journey begins...

ebook of the month
Whatever it Takes

Whatever it Takes

Author: Adele Parks Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

A 2014 World Book Night selection. In her emotionally powerful and unputdownable new novel Adele Parks, Sunday Times bestselling author of ABOUT LAST NIGHT, asks the question: what if love's not enough? Eloise Hamilton is a Londoner born and bred, so it is a momentous day when she reluctantly agrees to uproot to Dartmouth, leaving behind her perfect world so her husband can finally live in his. There are compensations, however. Her mother-in-law Margaret will welcome her with open arms, and besides, she can still rely on best friend Sara to be her lifeline to London. But both Margaret and Sara are facing their own difficulties, and thrust into unexpected turmoil, Eloise finds she is the one holding everything together for her loved ones - and by an ever-weakening thread. As her world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all around her, someone is bound to be overlooked. And the damage might be irreparable...

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