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Lucy Atkins - Author

About the Author

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning feature journalist and author, as well as a Sunday Times book critic. She has written for many newspapers, including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Telegraph, as well as magazines such as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home and Grazia. She lives in Oxford.

Featured books by Lucy Atkins

The Missing One

The Missing One

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Kal McKenzie always had a tricky relationship with her mother, Elena, but when Elena dies of breast cancer, Kal is bereft: how do you mourn a mother whose love you could never count on? While clearing out Elena's art studio, Kal finds a drawer packed with postcards going back thirty-seven years. Each bears the same message from a stranger called Susannah Gillespie, who owns a gallery on a remote British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms. On impulse, Kal sets out for Spring Tide Island with her toddler, Finn, in tow. Can her mother's hidden past hold the key to their ruined relationship? Once she arrives at Susannah's isolated home, Kal quickly realizes she has made a big mistake. The handsome and enigmatic Susannah is alternately elated and disturbed by Kal and Finn's arrival, and refuses to talk about her friendship with Elena. As Kal struggles to piece together what happened between the two women in this inhospitable place back in the 1970s, Susannah's behaviour grows more and more erratic. Most worryingly of all, Susannah is becoming increasingly preoccupied with little Finn...

Other books by Lucy Atkins

The Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

'One of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I've ever read' C.L. Taylor, author of The Fear She knows your secret . . . and she'll make you pay As high-flying TV presenter and historian Olivia Sweetman stands before an adoring crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into lies and if the truth comes out she'll lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward housekeeper of a Sussex manor who has become Olivia's unofficial research assistant. But Vivian has secrets too, and as the relationship between the women grows more and more tangled, a bizarre act of violence changes everything . . . Perfect for fans of Little Fires Everywhere and He Said She Said. PRAISE FOR THE NIGHT VISITOR: 'WONDERFUL' - Clare Mackintosh, author of Let Me Lie 'INSIDIOUS' - Guardian 'BRILLIANT' - Fiona Barton, author of The Child 'PROPULSIVE' - Metro 'INGENIOUS' - Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me 'SINISTER' - Red 'MENACING' - C.L. Taylor, author of The Fear 'FANTASTIC' - Sunday Mirror 'ELEGANT' - Joanna Cannon, author of Three Things about Elsie 'GRIPPING' - The Literary Review 'UNRELENTING' - Mick Herron, author of Spook Street 'ENTHRALLING' - Heat 'FASCINATING' - Linda Green, author of When My Eyes Were Closed 'INTELLIGENT' - Good Housekeeping

The Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

'Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant' Fiona Barton How far would you go to save your reputation? The stunning new noir thriller from the author of the bestselling The Missing One and The Other Child. Perfect for fans of I Let You Go and Lie With Me. Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia's book is based. She has now become Olivia's unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own. As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything. The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation? 'Such a sophisticated, layered read, I absolutely revelled in it' Clare Mackintosh

The Other Child

The Other Child

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A gripping psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling debut The Missing One. Perfect for fans of I Let You Go, The Sisters by Claire Douglas, The Book of You and The Ice Twins. Sometimes a lie seems kinder than the truth . . . but what happens when that lie destroys everything you love? When Tess is sent to photograph Greg, a high profile paediatric heart surgeon, she sees something troubled in his face, and feels instantly drawn to him. Their relationship quickly deepens, but then Tess, single mother to nine-year-old Joe, falls pregnant, and Greg is offered the job of a lifetime back in his hometown of Boston. Before she knows it, Tess is married, and relocating to the States. But life in an affluent American suburb proves anything but straightforward. Unsettling things keep happening in the large rented house, Joe is distressed, the next-door neighbours are in crisis, and Tess is sure that someone is watching her. Greg's work is all-consuming and, as the baby's birth looms, he grows more and more unreachable. Something is very wrong, Tess knows it, and then she makes a jaw-dropping discovery . . .

The Missing One

The Missing One

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Kal McKenzie always had a tricky relationship with her mother, Elena, but when Elena dies of breast cancer, Kal is bereft: how do you mourn a mother whose love you could never count on? While clearing out Elena's art studio, Kal finds a drawer packed with postcards going back thirty-seven years. Each bears the same message from a stranger called Susannah Gillespie, who owns a gallery on a remote British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms. On impulse, Kal sets out for Spring Tide Island with her toddler, Finn, in tow. Can her mother's hidden past hold the key to their ruined relationship? Once she arrives at Susannah's isolated home, Kal quickly realizes she has made a big mistake. The handsome and enigmatic Susannah is alternately elated and disturbed by Kal and Finn's arrival, and refuses to talk about her friendship with Elena. As Kal struggles to piece together what happened between the two women in this inhospitable place back in the 1970s, Susannah's behaviour grows more and more erratic. Most worryingly of all, Susannah is becoming increasingly preoccupied with little Finn...

First-Time Parent and Gem Babies' Names Bundle

First-Time Parent and Gem Babies' Names Bundle

Author: Lucy Atkins, Cresswell Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2013

A two-ebook edition of two best-selling and invaluable books for new parents: First Time Parent and Gem Babies' Names.First Time Parent:Forget unrealistic childcare manuals - this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead.As a health journalist and mother-of-three, Lucy Atkins is familiar with both the medical aspects of baby development, and the reality of life as an exhausted first-time mum or dad.Anticipating the questions and concerns of all new mothers -Why does my baby cry so much? Am I a bad parent because...? - the book provides practical advice and reassurance. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life.The First-Time Parent is on your side, and reassures that you can cope brilliantly with your new baby and your new life.Gem Babies' Names:A brand-new edition of this best-selling guide to over 1,500 babies' names. Gem Babies' Names lists names alphabetically, giving a pronunciation guide, background to the origins of the name and any pet names or related names.Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Afro-Caribbean and European names, as well as Christian names, are all included.The ideal pocket guide to choosing a name for your baby.

First-Time Parent The Honest Guide to Coping Brilliantly and Staying Sane in Your Baby's First Year

First-Time Parent The Honest Guide to Coping Brilliantly and Staying Sane in Your Baby's First Year

Author: Lucy Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

Forget unrealistic childcare manuals - this is the book you really need to help you cope brilliantly with those first chaotic days and months ahead. As a health journalist and mother-of-three, Lucy Atkins is familiar with both the medical aspects of childbirth and baby development, and the reality of day-to-day life as an exhausted first-time mum or dad. In her feisty, humorous style, she begins with that first mind-blowing day and addresses the issues unique to the first-time parent who stares at their newborn and thinks Where are the instructions? Anticipating the questions and concerns of all new mothers-Why does my baby cry so much? Will I ever lose all this weight? Am I a bad parent because...?-the book provides practical advice and level-headed reassurance. It addresses the needs of the baby and, very importantly, those of the parent during the first year of their baby's life. Contents include: * Starter's orders - the equipment and kit you really need, as opposed to what the department store tells you * Hello - how to cope with the first few hours * Start - coming home, bonding, how to survive the first few days * Sleep - for everyone! * Cry - why your baby cries, what to do, why you'll want to cry, too * Eat -breastfeeding, supplemental feeding, moving to solids, nutrition * Grow - baby's physical and mental development * Play - yes, you two actually can have fun * Thrive - health considerations for baby and parent * Live - adapting to your new life, the changing mother-father relationship * Work - coping with being at home and with going back to work * Also includes information on single parenting, and on adopted, multiple and special needs babies. The First-Time Parent is on your side, and reassures that you can cope brilliantly with your new baby and your new life.

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