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Sarah Vaughan - Author

About the Author

Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After eleven years at the Guardian working as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent, she started freelancing. THE ART OF BAKING BLIND is her first novel and she is now working on her second. Sarah lives near Cambridge with her husband and two small children.

 

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Featured books by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The gripping and controversial novel that is guaranteed to get readers talking in 2018! A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime.

Other books by Sarah Vaughan

Little Disasters

Little Disasters

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

'Taut, clever, compelling and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat...' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train You think you know her... But look a little closer She is a stay-at-home mother of three with boundless reserves of patience, energy and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess. Then one moment changes everything. Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface - and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself. From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal - a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us. 'A deep dive into the dark side of motherhood. Highly recommended' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said 'Compelling, beautifully written, so perceptive and emotionally devastating. Like Anatomy of a Scandal, it feels like an important book as well as a brilliant read' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party 'Sarah Vaughan turns her pin-sharp attentions to the blame game that is early parenthood, raising the stakes to truly fearful levels. This tense, absorbing read will have parents - in fact, all readers - turning the pages deep into the night' Louise Candlish, author of Those People 'Little Disasters takes on another topical and emotive issue with the same skill and command Vaughan showed in Anatomy of a Scandal' Cara Hunter, author of All The Rage 'An emotionally terrifying story. Sarah has impressively created characters whose pain and fear is all too real. I could not put this book down' Heidi Perks, author of Now You See Her 'Vaughan explores the darker impulses of motherhood - the fear, fury and despair; the frantic juggling, loss of control and exhaustion - and of course the overwhelming love. Refreshingly assured and punchy writing that is sure to hit a nerve' Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane 'A brilliant storyteller, Vaughan serves up every mother's nightmare with consummate skill and a big heart. Clever. Totally compelling. Impossible to put down' Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall 'I loved it and didn't want to put it down. So, so good on motherhood and friendship' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request 'I read this with a fascinated, mounting sense of horror because it could all be too true. Compulsive reading with an ending I didn't see coming' Jane Corry, author of I Looked Away 'A true psychological thriller shows us, as all the best ones do, that the scariest place is not the dark alleyway but inside the pathways of our own minds. Compelling... and important' Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty 'An immaculately researched and compelling story about the devastating fall out from one mistake' Jane Shemilt, author of The Playground 'Each character is brilliantly drawn, and the book delivers surprise after surprise' Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange 'Absolutely brilliant; an emotionally devastating story, brave and honest' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake 'Sarah's writing is so impressive and skilful - the book is gripping, meticulous, and touches the raw nerves of parenthood' Terry Stiastny, author of Conflicts of Interest 'A fabulous twisty look at early motherhood and friendships. Domestic noir and psyche thriller, it's brave and brilliant' Fionnuala Kearney, author of The Book of Love 'Sarah Vaughan manages to hit that rare sweet spot between satisfying, literary writing and a plot that grips you by the throat. Little Disasters is every bit as brilliant as Anatomy of a Scandal. Superb' Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside 'An emotionally intelligent and beautifully written thriller that oozes with tension. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Sarah throws us a curveball which turns everything on its head. Rich and authentic, this is a truly remarkable book' Claire Douglas, author of Then She Vanishes 'Sarah Vaughan delivers another masterful page-turner, this time tackling early motherhood at its least joyful. As with Anatomy of a Scandal, she writes with intelligence and compassion; the result is a truly gripping read' Catherine Isaac, author of Messy, Wonderful Us 'Told from multiple points of view, this raw and painfully real portrayal of insecurities, guilt, shame and postnatal anxiety is complex, nuanced and moving' Guardian 'Thought provoking and delicately executed, this beautifully written novel features characters you will want to both rally and reprimand' The i 'Vaughan's novel is a warning about the terrible effects parenting can have on mental health. It is also a cunningly plotted mystery' Daily Mirror 'Sarah Vaughan brings to this book the same tension building expertise that made her bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal such a success' Daily Mail 'You'll be kept on the edge of your seat by this carefully crafted novel with multiple twists throughout. It makes for an emotional, often terrifying, and completely gripping read' Daily Express 'Expertly crafted... Fans of Anatomy may miss the courtroom tension, but the psychological portraiture in this absorbing study of motherhood is just as rich' Sunday Times 'Full of painful truths about the brutal aspect of motherhood, this punchy thriller is sharply plotted' Sunday Mirror 'Vaughan delivers another highly emotional, nail-biting read that you'll tear through in no time at all' heat 'Sarah Vaughan... is back with her fourth novel, the shocking, impossible-to-look-away Little Disasters' Observer 'Difficult to put down' Bella 'An absolutely gripping read' Closer 'Emotional and intense' Crime Monthly 'Dark, desperate and gripping' Cosmopolitan 'Another thought-provoking psychological drama' Woman & Home 'An important book exploring how everything changes once you become a mother - for good and bad' Woman's Weekly 'A brilliantly absorbing read... It twists all the way to a satisfying ending' WI Life 'An in depth exploration and revelation of the complicated psychology of early motherhood' Crime Fiction Lover 'Painful and realistic, this is a novel that should be read by everyone planning to have a child' Literary Review 'In a culture that fetishises motherhood, Sarah Vaughan's novel is an invaluable corrective, a warning about the terrible effects parenting can have on mental health. It is also a very cunningly plotted mystery' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express 'Sarah Vaughan's latest novel markets itself as a psychological thriller, but is more of an exploration of the intensity of motherhood. Thought provoking and delicately executed' Press Association 'Sarah Vaughan has crafted a psychological drama with great depth' Woman's Own 'Thought provoking and delicately executed, the beautifully written character drama paints a cautionary portrait of motherhood with recognizable characters you'll want to rally and reprimand in equal measure throughout' Irish Examiner

Little Disasters

Little Disasters

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

'Taut, clever, compelling and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat...' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train You think you know her... But look a little closer She is a stay-at-home mother of three with boundless reserves of patience, energy and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess. Then one moment changes everything. Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface - and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself. From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal - a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us. 'A deep dive into the dark side of motherhood. Highly recommended' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said 'Compelling, beautifully written, so perceptive and emotionally devastating. Like Anatomy of a Scandal, it feels like an important book as well as a brilliant read' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party 'Sarah Vaughan turns her pin-sharp attentions to the blame game that is early parenthood, raising the stakes to truly fearful levels. This tense, absorbing read will have parents - in fact, all readers - turning the pages deep into the night' Louise Candlish, author of Those People 'Little Disasters takes on another topical and emotive issue with the same skill and command Vaughan showed in Anatomy of a Scandal' Cara Hunter, author of All The Rage 'An emotionally terrifying story. Sarah has impressively created characters whose pain and fear is all too real. I could not put this book down' Heidi Perks, author of Now You See Her 'Vaughan explores the darker impulses of motherhood - the fear, fury and despair; the frantic juggling, loss of control and exhaustion - and of course the overwhelming love. Refreshingly assured and punchy writing that is sure to hit a nerve' Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane 'A brilliant storyteller, Vaughan serves up every mother's nightmare with consummate skill and a big heart. Clever. Totally compelling. Impossible to put down' Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall 'I loved it and didn't want to put it down. So, so good on motherhood and friendship' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request 'I read this with a fascinated, mounting sense of horror because it could all be too true. Compulsive reading with an ending I didn't see coming' Jane Corry, author of I Looked Away 'A true psychological thriller shows us, as all the best ones do, that the scariest place is not the dark alleyway but inside the pathways of our own minds. Compelling... and important' Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty 'An immaculately researched and compelling story about the devastating fall out from one mistake' Jane Shemilt, author of The Playground 'Each character is brilliantly drawn, and the book delivers surprise after surprise' Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange 'Absolutely brilliant; an emotionally devastating story, brave and honest' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake 'Sarah's writing is so impressive and skilful - the book is gripping, meticulous, and touches the raw nerves of parenthood' Terry Stiastny, author of Conflicts of Interest 'A fabulous twisty look at early motherhood and friendships. Domestic noir and psyche thriller, it's brave and brilliant' Fionnuala Kearney, author of The Book of Love 'Sarah Vaughan manages to hit that rare sweet spot between satisfying, literary writing and a plot that grips you by the throat. Little Disasters is every bit as brilliant as Anatomy of a Scandal. Superb' Cass Green, author of The Killer Inside 'An emotionally intelligent and beautifully written thriller that oozes with tension. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Sarah throws us a curveball which turns everything on its head. Rich and authentic, this is a truly remarkable book' Claire Douglas, author of Then She Vanishes 'Sarah Vaughan delivers another masterful page-turner, this time tackling early motherhood at its least joyful. As with Anatomy of a Scandal, she writes with intelligence and compassion; the result is a truly gripping read' Catherine Isaac, author of Messy, Wonderful Us 'Told from multiple points of view, this raw and painfully real portrayal of insecurities, guilt, shame and postnatal anxiety is complex, nuanced and moving' Guardian 'Thought provoking and delicately executed, this beautifully written novel features characters you will want to both rally and reprimand' The i 'Vaughan's novel is a warning about the terrible effects parenting can have on mental health. It is also a cunningly plotted mystery' Daily Mirror 'Sarah Vaughan brings to this book the same tension building expertise that made her bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal such a success' Daily Mail 'You'll be kept on the edge of your seat by this carefully crafted novel with multiple twists throughout. It makes for an emotional, often terrifying, and completely gripping read' Daily Express 'Expertly crafted... Fans of Anatomy may miss the courtroom tension, but the psychological portraiture in this absorbing study of motherhood is just as rich' Sunday Times 'Full of painful truths about the brutal aspect of motherhood, this punchy thriller is sharply plotted' Sunday Mirror 'Vaughan delivers another highly emotional, nail-biting read that you'll tear through in no time at all' heat 'Sarah Vaughan... is back with her fourth novel, the shocking, impossible-to-look-away Little Disasters' Observer 'Difficult to put down' Bella 'An absolutely gripping read' Closer 'Emotional and intense' Crime Monthly 'Dark, desperate and gripping' Cosmopolitan 'Another thought-provoking psychological drama' Woman & Home 'An important book exploring how everything changes once you become a mother - for good and bad' Woman's Weekly 'A brilliantly absorbing read... It twists all the way to a satisfying ending' WI Life 'An in depth exploration and revelation of the complicated psychology of early motherhood' Crime Fiction Lover 'Painful and realistic, this is a novel that should be read by everyone planning to have a child' Literary Review 'In a culture that fetishises motherhood, Sarah Vaughan's novel is an invaluable corrective, a warning about the terrible effects parenting can have on mental health. It is also a very cunningly plotted mystery' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express 'Sarah Vaughan's latest novel markets itself as a psychological thriller, but is more of an exploration of the intensity of motherhood. Thought provoking and delicately executed' Press Association 'Sarah Vaughan has crafted a psychological drama with great depth' Woman's Own 'Thought provoking and delicately executed, the beautifully written character drama paints a cautionary portrait of motherhood with recognizable characters you'll want to rally and reprimand in equal measure throughout' Irish Examiner

Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

'Deftly plotted and superbly well researched, with an eerie relevance to the current debate surrounding the attitudes to and experiences of women in Westminster, Hollywood and beyond. An intelligent, absorbing page-turner that avoids all knee-jerk assumptions and easy answers' Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us 'The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard ... sensational' Clare Mackintosh A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case - she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. 'A compelling and cautionary story about how we can never truly know someone else; how even after twelve years of marriage, a wife might not know everything about her husband. Brilliant, shocking, and gripping, once I started, I couldn't stop reading' Claire Fuller, bestselling author of Our Endless Numbered Days 'Sarah Vaughan drip feeds revelations while exploring the power and privilege of political elite' Good Housekeeping 'Think last year's drama Liar with a dash of Apple Tree Yard' Sunday Mirror 'That rare book that combines great writing, spot-on characterisation and a compulsive, page-turning narrative. I read it in one breathless day. Set against a fascinating backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey and Oxford University, think House of Cards meets The Secret History. Meticulously researched, this is an outstanding read' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle 'A timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believe' Stylist 'Expertly plotted courtroom drama ... Gripping and beautifully written' Sunday Post 'Marks a shift in genre for Vaughan and promises to explore the nature of power and privilege among the country's political elite' Belfast Telegraph 'Anatomy of a Scandal has bestseller written all over it' Veronica Henry, author of The Forever House 'I was hooked right from the start. So beautifully written, clever and compelling. I was gripped right up to the final page' Claire Douglas, bestselling author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing 'Am I allowed to choose my book of the year in May? Anatomy of a Scandal is astoundingly good - a tour de force. I absolutely loved it' Eve Chase, bestselling author of Black Rabbit Hall

Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2018

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. ';The courtroom yields high drama, but Vaughan also dives deep into the characters' backstoriesespecially the entitled lives of powerful mencreating a nuanced story line perfectly in tune with our #metoo times.'People, Book of the Week ';One of the season's most buzzed-about thrillers.'Bookish ';A strong choice for book clubs. Former political correspondent Vaughan makes an impressive debut with this savvy, propulsive courtroom drama.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ';Vaughan offers gripping insight into a political scandal's hidden machinations and the tension between justice and privilegeAbsorbing, polished.'Booklist (starred review) ';Skillfully interweaving the story of the unfolding scandal, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes areSinewyengrossing, twist-filled.' Publishers Weekly (starred review) An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain's privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.Sophie's husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes. Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy. Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: eBook Release Date: 11/01/2018

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming.A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is thebarrister who will prosecute the case she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. The audio edition ofAnatomy of a Scandalis read for you byJulie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane and Sarah Feathers.

The Farm at the Edge of the World

The Farm at the Edge of the World

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and against shimmering barley fields and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates out of all proportion. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to make amends - but has she left it too late? 2014, and Maggie's granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn't wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace? This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the pain of coming of age. It's about small lies and dark secrets; and how the need to love and be loved endures. But above all it's about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.

The Farm at the Edge of the World

The Farm at the Edge of the World

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2016

1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour - but has she left it too late? 2014, and Maggie's granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn't wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace? This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt, regret and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the pain of coming of age. It's about small lies and dark secrets. But above all it's about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.

Art of Baking Blind

Art of Baking Blind

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved. In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now that her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her facade shouldn't slip. As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest pastry seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn--as Mrs. Eaden did before them--that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life, in Sarah Vaughan's The Art of Baking Blind.

The Art of Baking Blind

The Art of Baking Blind

Author: Sarah Vaughan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2014

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the new 'Mrs Eaden'. As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants' problems.