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.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

 
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Featured books by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Audiobook Release Date: 22/07/2021

"Mum, there's some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?" Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim. At 11pm she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30am Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home. Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place. Tallulah never returns. 2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head-teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence. A sign that says: DIG HERE . . .

Audiobooks of the Month
Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2021

YOU DON'T SEE HER. BUT SHE SEES YOU. MIDNIGHT: In an area of urban wasteland where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is watching... When Saffyre Maddox was ten, something terrible happened, and she's carried the pain of it ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn't, and now she hides, learning his secrets, invisible in the shadows. Owen Pick is invisible too. He's never had a girlfriend; he's never even had a friend. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares. But when Saffyre goes missing from opposite his house on Valentine's night, suddenly the whole world is looking at Owen. Accusing him. Holding him responsible for Saffyre's disappearance... INVISIBLE GIRL: an engrossing, twisty story of how we look in the wrong places for bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight.

One-hit Wonder

One-hit Wonder

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Audiobook Release Date: 02/04/2020

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 ...

Audiobooks of the Month
The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2019

In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days.   Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets. A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.

Audiobooks of the Month
Watching You

Watching You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2019

An electrifying and riveting tale, my thoughts and feelings were captured from the moment I opened ‘Watching You’. Joey returns home to Bristol, she soon becomes rather obsessed with an older man, however doesn’t realise that while she is watching him, someone else is watching her. I was absolutely thrilled to hear I would be reviewing Lisa Jewell (sharp elbows and pushing to the front of the queue may have been involved), as her books have the ability to really get under my skin. Intrigue and suspicion smiled slyly as they settled over the first page and prologue. I adored the way this book opened out in front of me, tight fast moving chapters created a throbbing energy which played havoc with my emotions. I met each character with a certain amount of uncertainty, weighing, judging, evaluating as I got to know them. Information is steadily and exquisitely revealed, a beautiful balance is maintained, keeping thoughts on a knife edge. ‘Watching You’ is a completely wonderful, intensely satisfying tale. I can highly recommend just letting go and sinking into the pages, be warned though, I didn’t want to come up for air and it was a one-sitting read for me. 

Audiobooks of the Month
Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

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

Before too long she's staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. Poppy is precocious and pretty - and meeting her completely takes Laurel's breath away. Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

eBooks of the Month
I Found You

I Found You

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

March 2017 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet another page-turner as she delves into the darker corners of the mind where the memories of our true self exist. The memories that we'll do anything to keep hidden. Alice Lake is drawn to a man she spots sitting on the beach. He simply stares out to sea oblivious of the rain, a man who remembers nothing of who he is or where he came from. Alice offers him shelter and the opportunity to attempt to rediscover what or who he is running away from. But something sinister is lurking in his memory and as the past begins to come back to him he wonders if he is running away from a monster or if indeed the monster is actually him. This gripping read is not only a thrilling mystery but is also about accepting the past and learning to find a way to move on. Jewell keeps you guessing what the connections between threads and subtexts are until they all come gloriously together. A wonderful novel to escape in to. ~ Shelley Fallows One of our Books of the Year 2016. Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

eBooks of the Month
The Girls

The Girls

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

May 2016 Book of the Month. A captivating and deeply dark family drama and mystery, set in the midst of a London communal garden square. ‘The Girls’ begins as a party is ending, a thirteen year old girl is found unconscious in a corner of the garden. The story then spins backwards in time, to Clare and her two daughters, Pip and Grace, as they get to know their new neighbours. Focusing on several families, the story weaves among the children and adults as it begins to traverse a slippery and sinister slope. Lisa Jewell explores friendship, trust and suspicion. She writes with a familiar light touch, yet a threatening presence hovers over the pages and the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters bubble with intensity. ‘The Girls’ is a page turning, thought-provoking and tensely gripping read, that looks at the complex structure of family life. Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

eBooks of the Month
The Third Wife

The Third Wife

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

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.

eBooks of the Month
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.

eBooks of the Month
After the Party

After the Party

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

Poignant and heart-wrenching insight into a modern relationship that goes wrong through the lives of characters you really care about.  By turns funny and sad but throughout utterly gripping and well written.

eBooks of the Month
Vince and Joy

Vince and Joy

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 04/08/2005

Underlying the comic writing and astute observations of this lovely book is a seam of sadness that made me ponder on how difficult it is to find the perfect partner and how life, as we bumble along, can so often throw you in the wrong direction. Lisa beautifully touches the nerves of modern living, she is very good.Comparison: Chris Manby, Carmen Reid, Marian Keyes.Similar this month: Wendy Holden, Melissa Hill.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared

The Night She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2021

'Lisa Jewell is one of my favourite writers and this is her best yet. I read it in 24 hours. Utterly gripping with richly drawn, hugely compelling characters, this is a first class thriller with heart.' LUCY FOLEY 'I'm calling it early. This is Lisa's best book yet, and she always sets that bar high! Stayed up so late because I couldn't put it down.' ADELE PARKS, author of Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck 'I love all Lisa's books, but The Night She Disappeared is by far her best thriller yet.' HARLAN COBEN 'Mother of God, Lisa Jewell's on fire. The Night She Disappeared is UNBELIEVABLY good. I was utterly utterly agog.' MARIAN KEYES 'Insane suspense. I loved it.' LEE CHILD ___________________________ OUT NOW! The brand-new twisting page-turner from Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS and INVISIBLE GIRL 'Mum, there's some people here from college, they asked me back to theirs. Just for an hour or so. Is that OK?' Midsummer 2017: teenage mum Tallulah heads out on a date, leaving her baby son at home with her mother, Kim. At 11 p.m. she sends her mum a text message. At 4.30 a.m. Kim awakens to discover that Tallulah has not come home. Friends tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods nearby called Dark Place. Tallulah never returns. 2018: walking in the woods behind the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started as a head teacher, Sophie sees a sign nailed to a fence. A sign that says: DIG HERE . . . ___________________________ A cold case. An abandoned mansion. A family hiding a terrible secret. Prepare to be hooked. Lisa Jewell's latest thriller is her best yet. 'Gripping and satisfying, this had me in tears at the end.' ALISON FLOOD, Guardian 'Clever, compelling and brilliantly observed. Loved it!' PAULA HAWKINS 'Oh my God, so good. A head-scratching, heart-racing, page-turning triumph - I think this might be my favourite Lisa Jewell yet.' LOUISE CANDLISH 'No one thickens a plot like Lisa Jewell. I couldn't put this book down. Jewell just keeps getting better. It's SO GOOD!' SHARI LAPENA 'I loved The Night She Disappeared. Had me hooked right to the end!' RUTH JONES 'Masterly. Gripping from start to finish.' JOANNE HARRIS 'Another first-class mystery . . . Totally enthralling.' HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange 'Totally absorbing. I felt as though I'd slipped into the book and lived there for a few days, heart pounding. So so so amazing!' KATHERINE HEINY, author of Early Morning Riser 'Jewell succeeds in maintaining suspense right to the end, exploring both masculine and feminine coercive control on the way.' THE TIMES 'I'm passionately attached to Lisa Jewell, whose novels somehow manage to be good-natured, creepy and tense all at once.' SARAH PERRY, author of The Essex Serpent

Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2021

From the #1 bestselling author of THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS and THEN SHE WAS GONE comes an engrossing, twisty story of dark family secrets and betrayal. 'Dark, furiously twisty and utterly gripping.' LUCY FOLEY _______________________________________ YOU DON'T SEE HER. BUT SHE SEES YOU. MIDNIGHT: In an area of urban wasteland where cats hunt and foxes shriek, a girl is watching... When Saffyre Maddox was ten, something terrible happened, and she's carried the pain of it ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn't, and now she hides, learning his secrets, invisible in the shadows. Owen Pick is invisible too. He's never had a girlfriend; he's never even had a friend. Nobody sees him. Nobody cares. But when Saffyre goes missing from opposite his house on Valentine's night, suddenly the whole world is looking at Owen. Accusing him. Holding him responsible for Saffyre's disappearance... INVISIBLE GIRL: an engrossing, twisty story of how we look in the wrong places for bad people while the real predators walk among us in plain sight. _________________________________ 'I've really struggled with reading during lockdown but this weekend I finished Lisa Jewell's gripping Invisible Girl and it was such a joy not to be able to put a book down. Her best yet.' JOJO MOYES 'A masterclass in how to write with pace and tension.' HARRIET TYCE 'An engrossing and compelling read.' MIRROR 'Another twisty, turny and tangled thriller from Lisa Jewell, which also manages to deliver a really satisfying and shocking denouement.' RED 'She isn't afraid of plunging an icy blade into her readers' hearts whilst examining the cruel realities of the world.' ADELE PARKS 'Compelling and surprisingly moving - Lisa Jewell never lets you down.' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'A masterclass in character... A wonderful slow-burn gripper - I loved it.' LOUISE CANDLISH 'An up-all-night gripping story with characters who feel as real as you and me.' ERIN KELLY 'Not only is her plotting masterful, Lisa has the rare ability to make you care - passionately - about all her characters... Invisible Girl is quite brilliant in every way.' JANE CASEY 'Dark, gripping, emotionally intense. My heart hurt from being squeezed so tight.' TAMAR COHEN 'I loved it. Every damn word.' AJ FINN 'A breathtakingly brilliant novel by an author at the absolute top of her game.' JENNY COLGAN 'Once again, Jewell deliversa story with characters you care about and enough twists to keep you hooked' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'Gripping, disturbing and acutely observant; Jewell is an extremely special writer.' ALEX MARWOOD Bestseller in the UK, Sunday Times, August 2020

The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2019

'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.' GUARDIAN 'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' IAN RANKIN ____________________________ FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets. A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell. ____________________________ 'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' RUTH WARE 'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' ERIN KELLY 'I had an unrelentingly pleasurable and thrilling for-God's-sake-tell-me-what-happened sensation in my stomach for the entire read ... Stupendous!' RUTH JONES 'Absolutely brilliant. Great characterisation, a fascinating and dark set up and a great conclusion. She's always great but this is next level stuff.' SARAH PINBOROUGH 'Few writers of psychological suspense devise such swift, slippery plots; fewer still people their stories with characters so human and complex. Lisa's Jewell's The Family Upstairs glitters like a blade and cuts even deeper.' AJ FINN 'Whenever I pick up a Lisa Jewell novel I know I'm in for a compelling, immersive and unputdownable read and The Family Upstairs is one of her very best' CL TAYLOR 'I had hoped to save The Family Upstairs for my holiday, but failed miserably ... I was hooked from the first page. I think it's her best yet and hands down my favourite book so far this year.' ALICE FEENEY 'Utterly compelling. Deliciously dark and twisty with characters who live on in your head. Lisa Jewell just keeps getting better and better.' JANE CORRY 'This is my pick of the crop of thrillers out this month ... Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'It's absolutely bloody brilliant and I can't tell you much I wish I'd written it.' TAMMY COHEN 'It's SO GOOD!' INDIA KNIGHT 'I loved The Family Upstairs!' SARAH JESSICA PARKER ____________________________ Readers are obsessed with The Family Upstairs: 'I read so many books in the crime/mystery genre that it becomes harder to find a book that stands out. This one succeeded!! Hooked from page one' 'I totally adored this book. All of Lisa Jewell's books are fabulous, but something about this one is extra special.' 'Absolutely absorbing ... thoroughly enjoyed it' 'Kept me captivated from the very beginning ... Definitely worth reading - as long you like reading into the night!' 'Everything you could wish for in a book. I devoured it.' 'Wow!!' 'What a book. Clever would be an understatement. And those last pages left me with chills. The concept had me intrigued and the execution had me captivated. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!'

Watching You

Watching You

Author: Lisa Jewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2019

You're not the only one watching. '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 'Jewell writes wonderfully engaging characters who weave plausibly tangled webs and the whodunit was largely incidental until the closing pages. She masterfully draws all her threads together throwing in some cunning twists for good measure...The countdown is on for the next Lisa Jewell novel.' - Daily Express _______________ 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, #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone. _______________ 'I was totally gripped by this excellent psychological thriller. Set in Bristol, it opens with a dead body, then moves into the head of Joey, a newly-married 27-year-old who gets a sudden crush on one of her new neighbours, which quickly becomes obsessive. Hugely enjoyable.' - Marian Keyes, author of The Break '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 'If you loved The Woman in The Window and The Girl on the Train then this is for you!' - the Hotlist, U Magazine '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 '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

Watching You

Watching You

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

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Watching You by Lisa Jewell.You're not the only one watching._____________'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_______________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, #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone._______________'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'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: Ebook Release Date: 12/10/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER'Packs a huge emotional punch that will leave you winded.' CL Taylor, author of The Missing'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'A tense clever page-tuner that everyone will be talking about.'Adele Parks************************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.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?

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 caught 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 granddaughter 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 heart-breaking secret that changed her grandmother's life, and might also change hers forever . . .

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 family and friendship really mean...

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 ...

31 Dream Street

31 Dream Street

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

The compelling Sunday Times bestseller about two neighbours brought together by fate, from the million-copy bestselling author of The Family Upstairs 'Another jewel from Lisa' HEAT 'Perfect to curl up on the sofa on a Sunday and read in one delightful sitting!' 5***** READER REVIEW 'A big warm-hearted book' MARIE CLAIRE _______ For years, Toby has opened his door to the people who needed his help. For years, Leah has been fascinated by the mysterious house across the street and its unusual mix of occupants. They've never met - until Toby receives a letter that draws Leah inside. Finally, Leah gets to know the lives of the people she's wondered about for so long - a group of artists who have each lost their way. When Toby decides he needs to move on with his life, he knows he needs to help his tenants, too. Leah insists on helping his plan to bring them all happiness. But can she also make Toby's dreams come true? _______ 'Truly delightful, lively and fun' 5***** Reader Review 'A life-affirming tale studded with Jewell's trademark warmth and humour' Red 'Such a feel-good book!' 5***** Reader Review

A Friend of the Family

A Friend of the Family

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

The huge bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone and The Girls A stranger in the house can only mean trouble The London family is in crisis. Newly-divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he shouldn't. Prize-winning writer Sean has a hot new girlfriend, and a dose of writer's block. Their brother Ned has just come back from Australia, leaving his girlfriend behind. And now they have a new lodger - a mysterious stranger. But is he the friend this family needs, or a troublemaker they could do without? 'Terrific stuff: touching, funny and sentient' Sunday Times 'Funny and emotionally satisfying' The Times 'A heart-warming page-turner from start to finish' Heat

One-hit Wonder

One-hit Wonder

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

An emotional, uplifting story about sisters, secrets, and second chances, from No. 1 bestselling author of Richard & Judy pick THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS Bee Beahorn had it all - a successful music career, fabulous friends, and a glamorous celebrity lifestyle. At least, that's what her estranged sister, Ana, had always believed. Their lives were worlds apart. Bea was beautiful, extravagant and full of life. Ana was awkward, shy, and destined to live in Bea's shadow. But when Bea is found dead in her flat, Ana realises that everything she knew about her sister had been a lie. Ana is determined to find out the truth about her sister - and she might just find herself along the way . . . _________ 'A compelling story packed with intriguing characters' The Times 'Written with intelligence, verve and wit . . . a triumph' Hello 'Inventive and moving, with definite charms and a real sense of poignancy' Sunday Times

Thirtynothing

Thirtynothing

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

The hit romance about the havoc an old flame can create, from the bestselling author of I Found You and Then She Was Gone This blast from the past will knock them off their feet . . . Dig Ryan hasn't seen Delilah for twelve years, but when she bursts back into his life he can't help falling for his first love all over again. Nadine has been in love with Dig for fifteen years, so she can't help feeling cheated when her best friend has his head turned again by her old nemesis Delilah. But how low will Nadine stoop in order to make Delilah go away? And how can she make Dig realize who he really loves? 'Will keep you up all night in a sweaty, addicted reading frenzy' The Times 'Very entertaining and very funny' Heat 'Jewell writes with invigorating zest and lashings of emotional intelligence' Independent 'Wary, funny, realistic and immensely readable' Cosmopolitan

Ralph's Party

Ralph's Party

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

The smash-hit romantic comedy from the author of The Girls and Then She Was Gone Six people, one big house and the party that brings it all down . . . Ralph and Smith are flatmates and best mates. Nothing can come between them - until the gorgeous Jemima moves in. They're both falling for her, but which one of them does she want? Upstairs, Karl and Siobhan are happily unmarried and have been for fifteen years - until Cheri moves into the flat above, and fixes her sights on Karl. Why should a little problem like his girlfriend get in her way? Sooner or later this house is bound to implode. So when Ralph throws a party and invites the whole house, what could possibly go wrong? If you like Marian Keyes, Jane Fallon, and Sophie Kinsella, you'll love this. 'Addictively readable' The Times 'A joy . . . a fun summer read' Guardian