Lisa Jewell - Author

About the Author

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Twelve bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people-watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

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Featured books by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE, AND A TOP RICHARD & JUDY SELECTION NOW WITH OVER 400 5* REVIEWS - this is what readers are saying: 'Grips to the point of OBSESSION' 'My life STOPPED while I read this book' 'My heart was THUMPING in my chest' 'This is EDGE OF YOUR SEAT reading' 'This book left me BREATHLESS' 'Cancel all plans and BUY THIS BOOK' ************************ She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

The Third Wife

The Third Wife

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

The unforgettable new novel from Top Ten bestseller Lisa Jewell, author of Ralph's Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In. You think you have the perfect life. You're successful. Attractive. Well liked. And you've just got married for the third time. But that's OK because everyone's happy. Your children are happy. You're happy. And so is your new wife...London, 3am: a tragic accident, and Adrian's life starts to fall apart. Because everyone has secrets and secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The House We Grew Up In

The House We Grew Up In

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Meet the Bird Family. All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart. The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all. Almost. But not quite. Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

The Third Wife

The Third Wife

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They'd been in love. She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they'd all been one big happy family. But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

Other books by Lisa Jewell

Watching You Brilliant psychological crime from the author of THEN SHE WAS GONE

Watching You Brilliant psychological crime from the author of THEN SHE WAS GONE

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

You're not the only one watching. Gripping psychological suspense from the #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone. _______________ You're back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow. You're keen to find a place of your own. But for now you're crashing in your big brother's spare room. That's when you meet the man next door. He's the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him. All the time. But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession. Or that someone is watching you. _______________ Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder? It can only be the gripping new novel from Lisa Jewell. _______________ 'If you only pick one summer read this year, make it Watching You. I inhaled it in one sitting. A gripping plot, characters you love but can't trust, and a thumping emotional heart, Lisa Jewell has done it again.' - Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes 'Then She Was Gone was my favourite thriller last year and this is even better. Brilliantly plotted and impossible to put down, it kept me guessing until the very end.' - Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie 'Page one intrigued me. Page three hooked me. By page five, I was consumed. This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.' - A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window 'She's done it again! Lisa Jewell has penned the page-turner of the summer. Emotionally-engrossing and utterly compelling, with a mystery that keeps you gripped until the last heart-wrenching page.' - Tammy Cohen, author of They All Fall Down

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER A MISSING GIRL. A BURIED SECRET. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy bestseller, The Girls, comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last page. 'I defy you to put this addictive book down until you reach the final heart-breaking page.' Daily Express 'If you were the first of your friends to read Girl on the Train and have read Gone Girl more times than you can remember, HERE IS YOUR SUMMER READ!' Sun 'Packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded.' CL Taylor, author of The Missing 'THEN SHE WAS GONE is bloody amazing. I can't remember ever reading a thriller where I've cared so much about the characters - they invaded my dreams! I LOVED it!' Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall ************************ She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE, AND A TOP RICHARD & JUDY SELECTION NOW WITH OVER 400 5* REVIEWS - this is what readers are saying: 'Grips to the point of OBSESSION' 'My life STOPPED while I read this book' 'My heart was THUMPING in my chest' 'This is EDGE OF YOUR SEAT reading' 'This book left me BREATHLESS' 'Cancel all plans and BUY THIS BOOK' ************************ She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER A MISSING GIRL. A BURIED SECRET. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy bestseller, The Girls, comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last page. 'I defy you to put this addictive book down until you reach the final heart-breaking page.' Daily Express 'If you were the first of your friends to read Girl on the Train and have read Gone Girl more times than you can remember, HERE IS YOUR SUMMER READ!' Sun 'Packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded.' CL Taylor, author of The Missing 'THEN SHE WAS GONE is bloody amazing. I can't remember ever reading a thriller where I've cared so much about the characters - they invaded my dreams! I LOVED it!' Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall ************************ She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet. But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter. Because his daughter is the image of Ellie. Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?

I Found You

I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

'How long have you been sitting out here?' 'I got here yesterday.' 'Where did you come from?' 'I have no idea.' Surrey: Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. East Yorkshire: Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home. But who is he, and how can she trust a man who has lost his memory?

I Found You

I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/07/2016

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed...

I Found You

I Found You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2016

'How long have you been sitting out here?' 'I got here yesterday.' 'Where did you come from?' 'I have no idea.' East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home. Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed. Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can't remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell's brilliant new novel.

The Girls The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club pick

The Girls The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club pick

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife. You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people's houses. You've known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

The Girls The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club pick

The Girls The gripping Richard and Judy Book Club pick

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery and the games people play: the gripping new novel from the bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In and The Third Wife. You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people's houses. You've known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.

The Third Wife

The Third Wife

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

The unforgettable new novel from Top Ten bestseller Lisa Jewell, author of Ralph's Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In. You think you have the perfect life. You're successful. Attractive. Well liked. And you've just got married for the third time. But that's OK because everyone's happy. Your children are happy. You're happy. And so is your new wife...London, 3am: a tragic accident, and Adrian's life starts to fall apart. Because everyone has secrets and secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The Third Wife

The Third Wife

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

London 2011: In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman is killed by a bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? A year later, her devastated husband, Adrian Wolfe, is determined to find out. Adrian and Maya had only recently married, and he'd always believed they were happy together. His children from his two previous marriages loved her. And Maya loved them. She had a job she enjoyed, she had plenty of friends, and she and Adrian were trying for a baby. They seemed to have the perfect life. Why then might she have wanted to kill herself? When Adrian finds a hidden stash of poisonous emails on Maya's laptop he begins to identify the dark cracks in her life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The House We Grew Up In

The House We Grew Up In

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Meet the Bird Family. All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart. The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all. Almost. But not quite. Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

Before I Met You

Before I Met You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

London, 1920. Arlette works in Liberty by day, and by night is caughty up in a glamorous whirl of parties, clubs, cocktails and jazz. But when tragedy strikes she flees the city, never to return. Over half a century later, in the grungy mid-'90s, her graddaughter Betty arrives in London. She can't wait to begin her new life. But before she can do so, she must find the mysterious woman named in her grandmother's will. What she doesn't know is that her search will uncover the heartbreaking secret that changed her grandmother's life, and might also change hers for ever...

Before I Met You

Before I Met You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2012

An uplifting, warm and unforgettable story of two women in two different times from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author Betty Dean can't wait to leave her quiet upbringing in Guernsey and begin her mission to find Clara Pickle - the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother's will. She arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks...As Betty searches for Clara, she is taken on a journey through her grandmother, Arlette's, extraordinary life in 1920s bohemian London, uncovering a tale of love, loss and heartbreak amidst the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. Will the secrets of Arlette's past help Betty on her path to happiness? This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

The Making of Us

The Making of Us

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2012

Lydia, Robyn and Dean don't know each other - yet. They live very different lives but each of them, independently, has always felt that something is missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together, and show them what love and familyand friendship really mean...

The Making of Us

The Making of Us

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/02/2012

One decision can change your life forever - In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean and Robyn don't know each other yet but when they slowly find their way into each other's lives, everything starts to change - This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

The Making of Us

The Making of Us

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2011

In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, a man called Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day; she holds his hand and she listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and to his secrets. And then he tells her about the children he has never met and never will. He talks of them wistfully. His legacy, he calls them. Lydia, Dean and Robyn don't know each other. Yet. And they are all facing difficult changes. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood and although she is wealthy and successful, her life is lonely and disjointed. Dean is a young man, burdened with unexpected responsibility, whose life is going nowhere. And Robyn wants to be a doctor, just like her father - a man she's never met. But is her whole life built on an illusion? Three people leading three very different lives. All lost. All looking for something. But when they slowly find their way into each other's lives, everything starts to change ...

The Truth About Melody Browne

The Truth About Melody Browne

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn't seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn't mind. She's better off on her own. And then fragments of her past start to come back. At first her memories mean nothing to her but slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she'll ever know the truth about her past ...

The Truth About Melody Browne

The Truth About Melody Browne

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2009

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne's house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories - Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn't seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn't mind, she's better off on her own. She's made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way. Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints - and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she'll ever know the truth about her past...

31 Dream Street

31 Dream Street

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Leah and Toby have lived across the street from one another for years without meeting ... and Leah has been itching to peek behind the front door of Toby's eccentric house, always packed to the rafters with weird and wonderful tenants. When fate finally lets her in, Leah finds that Toby needs her as much as she is surprised to realize she might need him. Sometimes life needs a helping hand and with a sprinkle of romance and their own special magic, Toby and Leah's dreams show the glimmer of a chance of coming true.31 Dream Street is a wonderfully warm and insightful novel that will capture the imagination and soothe the soul.

A Friend of the Family

A Friend of the Family

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2003

Meet the Londons, a family in need of a friend ... Gerry and Bernie London are proud parents of Tony, Sean and Ned, three wayward lads whose lives have suddenly reached crisis points: Newly divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he really shouldn't; prize-winning novelist Sean's got a hot new girlfriend and a dose of writer's block; and Ned's just back from Australia, without the girl he took with him - or a clue what he's going to do with his life. If that wasn't enough for one household, the Londons also have a new lodger - a mysterious rockabilly called Gervase. Will he turn out to be a friend - or foe - to the family?

One-hit Wonder

One-hit Wonder

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2001

Bee Bearhorn had a number-one hit single in 1985 - and was never heard of again. Fifteen years later she is found dead in her flat and nobody seems to care ... But Ana Wills always day-dreamed about the exotic half-sister she hasn't seen in years. And when she comes to London to clear Bee's flat, she uncovers a life more exotic than she imagined: a secret country cottage, mysterious weekends away, and even a missing cat. With Bee's closest friends - mad Lol and strong, silent Flint - Ana sets out to discover exactly what did happen to Bee Bearhorn, the one-hit wonder ...

Thirtynothing

Thirtynothing

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2000

Ever wondered what happened to your first love? Imagine bumping into them twelve years later and realizing you still fancy them rotten. That's exactly what happens to Dig Ryan when he sees Delilah again. Now imagine you're Nadine. You and Dig have been best friends for fifteen years. And you've finally realized that you're in love with him. So when Delilah - who always was your nemesis - returns, you're mad with jealousy and can't help behaving childishly. Like phoning your first love Phil - just to get your own back ... Thirtynothing is a story of ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends and friends dabbling with yesterday when they really should be thinking about today.

Ralph's Party

Ralph's Party

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/1999

Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road ... Ralph and Smith are flatmates and best mates - until, that is, the gorgeous Jemima moves in. And suddenly they're bickering about a lot more than who drank the last beer. Of course, Jem knows that one of them is the man for her - but is it Ralph or Smith? Upstairs, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for fifteen years - until, that is, Cheri moves into the flat above theirs. Cheri's got her eye on Karl and doesn't see why she should let a little thing like his girlfriend stand in her way ... Sooner or later its all got to come to a head - and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph's party?

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