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Maeve is an Oxford law graduate, former television producer and mother of three grown-up children. She started her writing career with the international bestseller, Having It All, which explored the dilemmas of balancing career and motherhood. Maeve has written eight further contemporary novels and two historical novels. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, two which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year. She lives in North London with her husband and a very scruffy Tibetan terrier.
Haven't you heard? Sixty is the new forty ...Each month best friends Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura meet for drinks, celebrating 45 years of friendship. They know each other and their lives inside out. Their ambitions, careers, husbands, lovers, children, hopes, fears, the paths taken and not taken ...Sal had spent a lifetime building a career as a successful magazine editor but she hadn't banked on the one thing over which she had no control. Claudia loved her urban existence - the thought of the country sent shivers down her spine. But, as many women will know, other people's needs always seem to come first ...Ella is ready to try something different. But she hadn't bargained on quite such a radical change ...Laura succumbed to the oldest cliche in the book. But it didn't make it any easier to accept. Outside of the supportive world of their friendships, they find their lives are far from what they expected - the generation that wanted to change the world didn't bargain on getting old. A truthful, provocative, funny and inspiring novel, The Time of their Lives, asks hard questions about what the world offers women as they get older and finds both moving and joyously uplifting answers in the different ways the four friends celebrate their coming of age ...
Funny, warm, and poignant with her trademark wit and wisdom - The Greek Holiday is Maeve Haran at her very, very best. 'The perfect read for anyone missing their holiday this year' - Daily Express 'Make sure of a happier holiday by packing a Maeve Haran novel in your suitcase' - Jilly Cooper 'Hilarious and heartwarming' - Woman & Home 'An engaging romance mixing heartwarming friendship with gentle humour in a gorgeous setting' - Daily Mail Four old university friends, Dora, Penny, Nell and Moira, reunite to relive that first hippy-dippy trip together to a beautiful, unspoilt, romantic Greek island looking for sun, sand and sea. But it's not just about going back to when they were young. Maybe they do have dreams like Shirley Valentine, because, ultimately, they're all looking for something to help them through some difficult times in their lives - whether it's with their career, family or relationships. What they discover in Kyri is an opportunity to reinvent, be themselves, contribute to a community who wants their help, at the same time as having fun, being happy and even finding love. But, crucially, they discover the most valuable lesson of all - understanding the true importance of female friendship.
'Wonderfully entertaining . . . Maeve is on cracking form' - Jilly Cooper In A Country Garden is a heartwarming, hilarious tale of growing old not-so-gracefully, from the bestselling author of The Time of Their Lives, Maeve Haran. Lifelong friends Claudia, Ella, Laura and Sal celebrated sixty as the new forty, determined not to let age change things. But now they are looking at the future and wondering how to make growing old more fun. Why not live together and have sunny afternoons on the lawn, helping and supporting each other when any of them need it - and still keep enjoying life? Joined by Claudia's reluctant husband and Sal's energetic new fiance, they ignore the protests of their children and pool their resources in a lovely manor house in the country. Only Laura holds out, determined she still has some living to do, especially now she has met the dashing Gavin through an online dating app. But life still has plenty of surprises in store plus a little romance in what the locals dub a New Age Old Age Commune. But are your best friends the last people you should end up living with?
Sunshine, warmth, lemon blossom . . . Springtime in glorious Southern Italy can go to your head. Especially if you are escaping an overbearing husband, the embarrassingly public loss of your company, an interfering mother who still tries to run your life or the pain of a husband's affair with a girl young enough to be his daughter. As the Italian sun ripens the lemons in the groves that tumble down the hillsides and the Mediterranean dazzles beneath them, assertive Angela, extrovert Sylvie, unconfident Claire and mousy Monica find burgeoning friendship and begin to blossom in quite unexpected ways. Packed with memorable characters - from the acid-tongued Grand Old Man of Modern Art who lives next door - to the aspiring gigolo who thinks nothing of a forty year age gap, Maeve Haran's An Italian Holiday is a witty and entertaining reminder of why going a little mad in the sun can sometimes be exactly what you need.
In The Way We Were, Maeve Haran shows that we don't have to always do what's expected of us, no matter what age we are. Love can be full of surprises. Rachel is a promising A-level student - until she falls for sexy, dangerous Marko; Mr Darcy with a nose stud. Her mother, Catherine, is trying to be a good parent and work colleague - but wishes the attentions of her attractive boss didn't suddenly seeming so alluring. Grandmother Lavinia is certain of her values, protecting the country village she loves from change - until the return of a long-lost love reminds her that life moves on, for people as well as places. Is it too late for Lavinia to embrace change and find happiness? After all these years - and a lifetime divided by convention - could they really throw other people's expectations to the wind and be the way they were?
'This is my tale and I will leave you to tell whether it be high romance or tragedy.' Sixteen-year-old Frances Stuart arrives at the Restoration court to find her innocence and beauty are highly-prized commodities, envied by the women and desired by the men. Before long, King Charles II falls passionately in love with her and will stop at nothing to make her his mistress. But Frances is no conventional court beauty. She is determined to make her own choices in life, and to be with the man she loves. Can she overcome the dangerous pitfalls of the King's obsession, the Queen's jealousy, and the traps set for her by the King's notorious mistresses, and make the life she wants for herself? Set against the drama of the Great Plague and the Fire of London, The Painted Lady brings to life the vibrant and decadent court of Charles II and in Frances Stuart discovers a passionate young woman prepared to fight for her own destiny. Praise for Maeve Haran's The Lady and the Poet 'This is history as pure entertainment, an inventive and delicious feast of passion, wit and intrigue.' The Times 'With its fascinating insight into Tudor life, this will absorb you to the end' She 'The clothes, the jewels, the smell of the place are all evoked; and everyone from the Queen herself to the elusive, sexy figure of Donne come wonderfully to life' A. N. Wilson, Readers' Digest
Stella Ainsworth has settled for suburban peace with a pedantic husband, a dissatisfied daughter and a clutch of beloved grandchildren - who all take her presence in their lives for granted. Then Cameron Keene, her boyfriend from her teenage years who'd left for America to become a rock icon of the Sixties, returns to England. Much to Stella's astonishment, Cameron announces in an interview that his most famous song, which became a legendary love anthem across the world, was written about Stella, and that he has come back to find her. What Became of You, My Love? explores the power of music to take us back to our youth, and asks if we can ever relive those giddy times when everything seemed possible.
Liz Ward believed that it was possible to have it all. A glittering career, a successful marriage and a happy family. But it doesn't take too long for Liz to realise that taking the job of programme controller at Metro TV could be the biggest mistake of her life. When she confesses to her friends, they are scandalized - Liz is their role model and she is shattering the myth they must all live by. But she is tired of pretending that there is no price to pay for her success. She has the big house, a good-looking husband, beautiful children and a wonderful nanny, but she misses the small things which make up family life: meal times, bedtime stories, school events, time alone with her husband. Time to think. Liz makes a life-changing choice, not only for her but for those around her. Did she make the right decision. Only time will tell. Witty, provocative, compassionate, Having It All captures the dilemmas of a generation. It is for everyone woman who works and misses her children, and for every woman who stays at home and wonders if she's missing out.
Set in the twilight years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Of Air and Angels tells the story of the illicit, and passionate love affair between the poet John Donne, and, against all odds, his eventual marriage to Ann More. Deeply atmospheric, the characters, the buidlings, the sights and the smells of 16th century London, are vividly brought to life alongside that of a very rural existence at Loseley Park in Surrey, ancestral home of the More family.
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