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Kate Beaufoy has an MA in French and English literature from Trinity College Dublin. She began her career as a professional actor before becoming a full-time writer. As Kate Thompson she has had a dozen novels published, including the number one bestseller THE BLUE HOUR which was shortlisted for the RNA award. LIBERTY SILK is her first historical novel. It was inspired by real letters written from Europe by her grandmother, Jessie Beaufoy, in the aftermath of the Great War. Kate scuba dives to an advanced level and is in thrall to her Burmese cat.
One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women's destinies...France 1919: Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her into the centre of the intoxicating world of Parisian high life. Hollywood 1945: Lisa has come a long way from her quiet, unassuming life in London and is taking Hollywood by storm. But all that glitters is not gold, and as the smoke and mirrors of the lifestyle she so longed for shatter around her there are some secrets she can never escape. London 1965: Cat, headstrong and independent, drawn to danger and passionately opposed to injustice, has no idea of the legacy that precedes her. Once past secrets are unveiled, she has the chance to find out what liberty really means...It is an evocative story of survival, betrayal and the invincibility of love.
Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook. But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that's where the witch lives...Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel. That's what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law. But Eleanor is suffering from dementia, and caring for her proves tougher than Tess could ever have imagined: feeling increasingly isolated, her only comfort is wine o'clock and weekend visits from her husband. Meanwhile her teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces. The Gingerbread House is a deeply moving novel: a compassionate and occasionally wickedly funny tale of a family's agonising struggle with dementia.
Two women living a hundred years apart. One home that binds them together. When Edie Chadwick travels to Ireland to close up her uncle's lakeside lodge, it's as much to escape the burden of guilt she's carrying as to break loose from the smart set of 1930's London. The old house is full of memories - not just her own, but those of a woman whose story has been left to gather dust in a chest in the attic: a handwritten memoir inscribed with an elegant signature . . . Eliza Drury As she turns the pages of the manuscript, Edie uncovers secrets she could never have imagined: an exciting tale of ambition, hardship, love and tragedy - a story that has waited a lifetime to be told. . . 'A delightful story, rich, engrossing and vividly told' Rachel Hore 'A compelling, atmospheric story brimming with period detail about two feisty, independent heroines who will steal your heart' Cathy Kelly 'With a marvellously evocative setting, strong and believable lead characters and a pacey plot, Another Heartbeat in the House is a thoroughly compelling love story' Liz Trenow