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Barbara Erskine - Author

About the Author

Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye.

 

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Featured books by Barbara Erskine

Lady of Hay

Lady of Hay

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that eight hundred years on, Matilda's story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself...

The Warrior's Princess

The Warrior's Princess

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Jess, a young teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister's house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child. Two thousand years before, the same valley is the site of a great battle between Caratacus, king of the Brtitish tribes, and the invading Romans. The proud king is captured and taken as a prisoner to Rome with his wife and daughter, the princess Eigon. Jess is inexorably drawn to investigate Eigon's story, and as the Welsh cottage is no longer a peaceful sanctuary she determines to visit Rome. There lie the connections that will reveal Eigon's astonishing life - and which threaten to reawaken Jess's own tormentor. Barbara Erskine's ability to weave together the past and the present, shedding light on a real but little-known figure, makes this a tremendous novel of Roman and Celtic history, passion and intrigue.

House of Echoes

House of Echoes

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Joss Grant is eager to begin a new life when she inherits Belheddon Hall. She brings her husband, Luke, and their small son, Tom, to the dilapidated house, and sets about discovering her family roots which lie in the village. But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.

Whispers in the Sand

Whispers in the Sand

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Recently divorced, Anna decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother made in the nineteenth century: a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her on the voyage two mementoes of her great-grandmother Louisa: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile cruise, which has lain unread for a hundred years. As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary the chilling secret of the scent bottle and is pursued by the same terrifying spectres as her great grandmother.

Lady of Hay

Lady of Hay

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Including a BRAND NEW exclusive sequel short story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a 3 million copy bestseller, this new edition of Lady of Hay brings Barbara Erskine's eerie, atmospheric and utterly compelling story to a new generation. In London, high-flying journalist Jo Clifford is planning to debunk past-life regression in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when she undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. As she learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare and the brutal threats of death at the hands of King John, it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are hopelessly entwined and that, eight hundred years on, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again...

Other books by Barbara Erskine

Ghost Tree

Ghost Tree

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2018

Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find... The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author. Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine. As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond. Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy's. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

The Ghost Tree

The Ghost Tree

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2018

Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find... Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find... Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can't escape. As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas' life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death - and beyond. Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can't close... The inspiration for The Ghost Tree lies in Barbara Erskine's own personal history - branching back to the days of Thomas Erskine, her great grandfather, five times removed.

Lady of Hay

Lady of Hay

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that eight hundred years on, Matilda's story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself...

Distant Voices

Distant Voices

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

In her second volume of short stories, which follows the hugely successful 'Encounters', Barbara Erskine has created a compelling world of love, betrayal, suspense and grief. A biographer investigating a tragic death hears voices from the past drawing her towards the truth... A nineteenth century parson's daughter is caught up in the excitement and romance of a smuggling intrigue... A young boy from a deprived background finds his own haven in the wastelands of the inner city... Contemporary, historical, spooky, and humorous - there are over thirty delightful stories, each one guaranteed to capture the reader's imagination, and all demonstrating Barbara Erskine's unique powers as a storyteller.

Sands of Time

Sands of Time

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A spine-tingling collection of haunting tales, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay. Sands of Time features two intriguing stories that pick up the fortunes of characters from Whispers in the Sand, Barbara Erskine's captivating Egyptian novel. Still haunted by ancient mysteries, and the subject of dark intentions, Anna and Louisa must once more do battle with the past in order to survive the present. Alongside these are a host of other tales, all with a touch of the unexpected. A happily married woman has an affair - with a man who died in the First World War. Who is the little girl on the swing in the garden - and why does only Charlotte see her? And how does a traveller find herself transported suddenly from her airplane seat to the snowy Canadian wasteland below? Suspense, romance, passion, unexpected echoes of the past - vintage Barbara Erskine, and storytelling at its most compelling.

Encounters

Encounters

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A captivating volume of over forty short stories full of love, hope, and fear, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay. Barbara Erskine is a born storyteller. The tales in 'Encounters' illustrate her extraordinary talent for capturing the spirit of a place and drawing us into the hearts and minds of her characters. Some are humorous, some thrilling, while others are unashamedly sentimental. Old-fashioned love stories such as 'A Face in the Crowd' follow ingenious ghost stories, and in 'A Step Out of Time' the past and present come together, drawing back the curtain that separates us from our ancestors. No one who has enjoyed Barbara Erskine's best-selling novels - Lady of Hay, Kingdom of Shadows, Child of the Phoenix and Midnight is a Lonely Place - will be able to resist this gripping collection.

Sleeper's Castle: An epic historical romance from the Sunday Times bestseller

Sleeper's Castle: An epic historical romance from the Sunday Times bestseller

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare tearing Wales apart - and only they can stop it.Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.Hay-On-Wye, 1400 - War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales's destiny... And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer...Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who's screaming, who's reaching out... who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

Sleeper's Castle An Epic Historical Romance from the Sunday Times Bestseller

Sleeper's Castle An Epic Historical Romance from the Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

Two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare tearing Wales apart - and only they can stop it. Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay. Hay-On-Wye, 1400 - War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales's destiny... And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer... Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who's screaming, who's reaching out... who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

harcosok hercegnoje

harcosok hercegnoje

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Jess, a fiatal londoni tanarno eroszak aldozata lesz. A tamado szemelye ismeretlen, de Jess attol tart, valamelyik ismerose volt a tettes. A novere walesi hazaba vonul vissza, de ott sem talal nyugalomra: egy titokzatos gyermekhang riasztja fel almabol. Ket evezreddel ezelott vegzetes utkozet zajlott a szomszedos volgyben Caratacus, a brit torzsek vezere es a megszallo romai sereg kozott. A buszke kiraly fogsagba esik; felesegevel es lanyaval, Eigon hercegnovel egyutt Romaba hurcoljak. Jesst magaval ragadja a tortenet, es nyomozni kezd Eigon sorsa utan. A szalak Romaba vezetnek. Jessnek nincs tobbe maradasa a walesi tanyan. Az orok varosba utazik, ahova azonban egykori tamadoja is koveti.

tuz lanyai

tuz lanyai

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Ketezer evvel ezelott a romaiak megszalljak Britanniat, es a hercegno, aki az egyik legbefolyasosabb torzs, a Briganti Szovetseg tronjanak varomanyosa, azzal szembesul, hogy a felelmetes ellenseg egyre kozelebb kerul nepehez. Cartimandua vilagat a kezdetektol a viszaly es a szerelmi fellangolas, a bosszu es a megtorlas uralja. A tortenet masik szala napjainkban jatszodik: Viv Lloyd Rees Edingburgh-ban elo tortenesz elmelyed a kelta kiralynot ovezo mitoszok kutatasaban. A temarol konyvet is irt, tortenetunk idejen pedig eppen az ifju kiralyno eletenek dramatizalasan faradozik Pat Hebden szineszno segitsegevel. Viv tanszekenek vezetoje, Hugh Graham, allandoan beosztottja nyomaban van, mikozben a fiatal tanarnonek meg kell kuzdenie a Cartimandua-latomassal es az egyre erosodo hittel, hogy a kiralyno valos tortenelmi alak volt. A lidercnyomas meg felelmetesebbe valik, amikor Viv birtokaba kerul egy kelta korabeli megatkozott melltu. Patet es Hugh-t egyszerre rantja magaval a szenvedely es a feltekenyseg, a keseru rivalizalas es a mindent elsopro szerelem. A mult ekozben atfedesbe kerul a jelennel, es a vegzetes trio kenytelen szembenezni a legnagyobb eletveszellyel is.

Az ido orvenyeben

Az ido orvenyeben

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Ujabb lebilincselo alkotas az erzelmes tortenelmi regenyek nagymesteretol. Abi Rutherford otthagyja uj allasat, mert rendkivuli modon zavarja fonoke kiismerhetetlen viselkedese. Szereti a munkajat, egykori felettese pedig nyajas, tiszteletre melto ferfi volt. Kieran Scott viselkedese annal inkabb meglepo szamara, mert o a Szent Janos-templom es Cambridge novekvo egyhazkozsegenek lelkesze. Tortent valami, ami melysegesen felkavarta a ferfit - ugyanakkor az egyhazi hatosagok reakcioja szokatlanul titokzatoskodo. Hosszu evszazadokkal ezelott egy idegen jelent meg Nyugat-Anglia baratsagtalan lapvideken a tortenettel, mely remenyseget hozott a nyomorusagban sinylodok szamara. Azonban elnyomo erok kovettek. Olyan erok, melyeknek eltokelt szandeka volt, hogy egyetlen gyenged pillantasu gyogyito se assa ala a Romai Birodalom torvenyeit es kulturajat. Az idegen azt mondta, azert jott, hogy megmentse az embereket. De talan epp o az, aki megmentesre szorul... Milyen kapcsolat allhat fenn e regmult esemenyek, valamint Abi es Kieran kozott? Miert probalja az egyhaz olyan ketsegbeesetten eltitkolni az emberek elol a tortenteket? A multbeli hangok vajon felelmet keltok, vagy egy hosszu-hosszu ideje rejtozo titokra adhatnak valaszt?

vegzet folyoja

vegzet folyoja

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Egy ujabb lebilincselo alkotas a tortenelmi regenyek nagymesteretol. Egy angolszasz sirdomb, melyet osi atok ved. Egy tiltott szerelem remregenybe illo tragediaja. Az eredendo gonosz, mely minden nappal egyre erosebb lesz... Zoe es Ken - menekulve a nagyvaros zajatol es forgatagatol - a suffolki Deben folyo partjan kezd uj eletet egy kenyelmes csaladi hazza alakitott egykori pajtaban, melynek alapjait meg az angolszasz idokben vetettek meg. A haz falai kozt azonban evszazados titkok kisertenek. A fiatalok a kulvilag szemeben tokeletes parnak tunnek, am valojaban minden nappal tavolabb kerulnek egymastol. Raadasul Zoe furcsa jelenletet erez otthonaban, mikozben a folyon gomolygo kodbol kiserteties alakok rajzolodnak ki, amelyekrol egyre nehezebb nem tudomast venni. Ha mindez nem lenne eleg, a kozeli foldek melyerol emberi csontok kerulnek elo, es azonnal talalgatas kezdodik: vajon kapcsolodnak ahhoz a viktorianus kori szerelmi tragediahoz, amelyrol a helyiek meg ma is suttogva beszelnek? Mi lehet a titka annak az osi sirhalomnak, mely evszazadokon at erintetlenul all? Milyen pusztito erok szabadulhattak fel, amikor megbolygattak? A folyo kesz felfedni sotet titkat... Barbara Erskine a tortenelmi fantaziaregeny egyik legjelentosebb mai muveloje. Konyveiben sajat korunkat a kelta idok Britanniajanak esemenyeivel szovi egybe, sajatos atmenetet alkotva a tortenelmi regeny es a fikcio kozott. Kotetei vilagszerte az eladasi listak elen szerepelnek. A Konyvjelzo magazin 2015. oktoberi szamaban megjelent cikk: Kisertetek marpedig...

Barbara Erskine 3-Book Collection: Time's Legacy, River of Destiny, The Darkest Hour

Barbara Erskine 3-Book Collection: Time's Legacy, River of Destiny, The Darkest Hour

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

Three gripping full-length novels from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay.In Time's Legacy, Anglican Curate, Abi Rutherford, is forced to flee her parish in search of spiritual sanctuary when she is accused of witchcraft. She soon finds herself experiencing violent visions of a buried two thousand year-old history - one that could plunge her very life into unspeakable peril.In River of Destiny, Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing ever more distant by the day. And the strange presence Zoe feels within their home, and the shapes she sees through the cloying mists on the river are getting harder to ignore.The Darkest Hour is set during the summer of 1940: the battle for Britain has just begun. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but she has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war...Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together, accidentally stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated. Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2014

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.In the summer of 1940, eyes are focussed on the skies above the South of England: the Battle for Britain has just begun. But Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems only to be fascinated in sketching portraits of him...Seventy years later, recently widowed art historian Lucy is putting the pieces of her life back together, and to do that she needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. As Lucy ties up the loose ends of one lifetime, she stirs up a hornet's nest of history in another. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.Some stories are buried in the darkness forever. Some are just waiting to be told...

Lady of Hay

Lady of Hay

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge. In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past-lives in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that eight hundred years on, Matilda's story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself... Barbara Erskine's iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication.

House of Echoes

House of Echoes

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

When Joss, an adopted child, discovers that her real mother has left the beautiful family home, Belheddon Hall, to her, she is thrilled, until she discovers that the Hall is haunted by a presence which will not tolerate husbands or sons living in the house. Joss Grant is eager to begin a new life when she inherits Belheddon Hall. She brings her husband, Luke, and their small son, Tom, to the dilapidated house, and sets about discovering her family roots. But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic history, she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy that seems beyond anyone's control.

Midnight is a Lonely Place

Midnight is a Lonely Place

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

A stunning novel of contemporary and historical betrayal and revenge, from the author of LADY OF HAY. After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book, until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed... In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? Should the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed? Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge and passion do battle across the centuries...

Barbara Erskine 3-Book Collection: Lady of Hay, Time's Legacy, Sands of Time

Barbara Erskine 3-Book Collection: Lady of Hay, Time's Legacy, Sands of Time

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

A story spanning centuries. A long awaited revenge.In London, journalist Jo Clifford plans to debunk the belief in past-lives in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when a hypnotist forces her to relive the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John.She learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare, and the brutal death threats handed out by King John, before it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are inevitably entwined. She realises that eight hundred years on, Matilda's story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to repeat itself...Barbara Erskine's iconic debut novel still delights generations of readers thirty years after its first publication.

River of Destiny

River of Destiny

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2012

From the bestselling author of Time's Legacy and Lady of Hay comes a thrilling new novel, River of Destiny, an epic story that spans Anglo Saxon Britain, Victorian Suffolk and the present day.Perfect for fans of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth.On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk are ancient barns dating back to Anglo Saxon times - within these walls lie secrets that have been buried for centuries.New arrivals Zoe and Ken move into one of the converted barns, ready to start a life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem happy, but they are growing further apart by the day. Meanwhile the strange presence Zoe feels within their home and the ghostly shapes she sees through the cloying mists on the river are getting harder to ignore.Nearby, farmers are ploughing the land beside the river and human bones are found. Are they linked to the Victorian tragedy the locals whisper about? The secret of the grassy mound has remained untouched through history, but now that it's been disturbed, will there be devastating consequences?

Time's Legacy

Time's Legacy

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: eBook Release Date: 08/07/2010

Barbara Erskine returns with this beautiful and haunting tale of dark forces and mystical powersCambridge, present day: Following the death of her mother, Abi Rutherford receives a mysterious bequest - a misshapen crystal sphere known as the Serpent's Stone, which gives her glimpses into mysteries long concealed by the church.Western England, 25 AD: A stranger has come to the chilly Somerset wetlands, with a story of hope and reconciliation. But he is being followed by powerful forces, determined that he will not undermine Roman rule in Britain.Abi questions what connects these ancient events and her gift. Why do so many people seem desperate to hide the truth?A dark shadow has fallen across the centuries, and a woman is in fear for her life. But is it danger that awaits her, or the final truth so long whispered across the echoes of time?

On the Edge of Darkness

On the Edge of Darkness

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Stunning repackage of the story of a woman trapped in the wrong time. Abandoned by her twentieth century lover, she plots a terrible revenge on him and his family. Adam Craig is fourteen when he meets Brid near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands - he is fascinated by her exotic, gypsy-like dress and strange attitudes. They become friends, and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century, where she has mastered the ancient mysteries and dangerous magic of the Druids. In her obsession with Adam, Brid is seen as a traitor by her people, only escaping death by following Adam to Edinburgh, when he leaves home to study medicine. As the years pass he makes new friends and finds new love. But Brid is consumed by jealousy and haunts him like an evil shadow, until, fifty years on, Adam's granddaughter helps him discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid's curse.

Child of the Phoenix

Child of the Phoenix

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Beautiful repackage of this Barbara Erskine classic, the story of a remarkable mediaeval noblewoman whose life shaped the history of three crowns The child whose hands would hold three crowns is born in fire. In 1218 an extraordinary princess is born. Her mystical powers and unquenchable spirit will alter the course of history. Raised by her fiercely Welsh nurse to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king, Princess Eleyne is taught to worship the old gods and to look into the future and the past. However, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy... Despite impassioned resistance, Eleyne's world is shaped by powerful men - but her tempestuous life and loves tie her to the destinies of England, Scotland and Wales...

The Warrior's Princess

The Warrior's Princess

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Jess, a young teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister's house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child. Two thousand years before, the same valley is the site of a great battle between Caratacus, king of the Brtitish tribes, and the invading Romans. The proud king is captured and taken as a prisoner to Rome with his wife and daughter, the princess Eigon. Jess is inexorably drawn to investigate Eigon's story, and as the Welsh cottage is no longer a peaceful sanctuary she determines to visit Rome. There lie the connections that will reveal Eigon's astonishing life - and which threaten to reawaken Jess's own tormentor. Barbara Erskine's ability to weave together the past and the present, shedding light on a real but little-known figure, makes this a tremendous novel of Roman and Celtic history, passion and intrigue.

Kingdom of Shadows

Kingdom of Shadows

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Gorgeous repackage of Barbara Erskine's first novel, blending history, family legacy and contemporary passion In a childless and unhappy marriage, Clare Royland is rich and beautiful - but lonely. And fueling her feelings of isolation is a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past. Troubled by haunting inexplicable dreams that terrify - but also powerfully compel - her, Clare is forced to look back through the centuries for answers. In 1306, Scotland is at war. Isobel, Countess of Buchan, faces fear and the prospect of untimely death as the fighting surrounds her. But passionate and headstrong, her trials escalate when she is persecuted for her part in crowning Robert the Bruce, her lover. Duncairn, Isobel's home and Clare's beloved heritage, becomes a battleground for passions that span the centuries. As husband Paul's recklessness threatens their security, Clare must fight to save Duncairn, and to save herself from the powers of Isobel...

Whispers in the Sand

Whispers in the Sand

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Recently divorced, Anna decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother made in the nineteenth century: a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her on the voyage two mementoes of her great-grandmother Louisa: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile cruise, which has lain unread for a hundred years. As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary the chilling secret of the scent bottle and is pursued by the same terrifying spectres as her great grandmother.

House of Echoes

House of Echoes

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Joss Grant is eager to begin a new life when she inherits Belheddon Hall. She brings her husband, Luke, and their small son, Tom, to the dilapidated house, and sets about discovering her family roots which lie in the village. But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.

Midnight is a Lonely Place

Midnight is a Lonely Place

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Beautifully repacked edition of this stunning novel of contemporary and historical betrayal and revenge, from the author of LADY OF HAY After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book, until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed... In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? Should the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed? Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge and passion do battle across the centuries...

Hiding From the Light

Hiding From the Light

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

From the three million copy bestselling author of Lady of Hay comes the big new novel by the bestselling author of WHISPERS IN THE SAND is a gripping tale of witchcraft and romance, past and present, as her modern-day characters are caught up in a battle that has been raging for hundreds of years. The parish of Manningtree and Mistley has a dark history. In 1644, Cromwell's Witchfinder General tortured scores of women there, including Liza the herbalist, whose cottage still stands. Some say the spirits of his victims still haunt the old shop on the High Street... Emma Dickson gave up her high-flying career to live in Liza's cottage, but as Halloween approaches, visions of a terrible past are driving her to madness. In despair, Emma turns to the local rector for help, but he, too, is in the grip of something inexplicably dangerous...

Lady of Hay

Lady of Hay

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Including a BRAND NEW exclusive sequel short story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a 3 million copy bestseller, this new edition of Lady of Hay brings Barbara Erskine's eerie, atmospheric and utterly compelling story to a new generation. In London, high-flying journalist Jo Clifford is planning to debunk past-life regression in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when she undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. As she learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare and the brutal threats of death at the hands of King John, it becomes clear that Jo's past and present are hopelessly entwined and that, eight hundred years on, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again...

Sands of Time

Sands of Time

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2004

A spine-tingling collection of haunting tales, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay. Sands of Time features two intriguing stories that pick up the fortunes of characters from Whispers in the Sand, Barbara Erskine's captivating Egyptian novel. Still haunted by ancient mysteries, and the subject of dark intentions, Anna and Louisa must once more do battle with the past in order to survive the present. Alongside these are a host of other tales, all with a touch of the unexpected. A happily married woman has an affair - with a man who died in the First World War. Who is the little girl on the swing in the garden - and why does only Charlotte see her? And how does a traveller find herself transported suddenly from her airplane seat to the snowy Canadian wasteland below? Suspense, romance, passion, unexpected echoes of the past - vintage Barbara Erskine, and storytelling at its most compelling.

Encounters

Encounters

Author: Barbara Erskine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/1991

A captivating volume of over forty short stories full of love, hope, and fear, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lady of Hay. Barbara Erskine is a born storyteller. The tales in 'Encounters' illustrate her extraordinary talent for capturing the spirit of a place and drawing us into the hearts and minds of her characters. Some are humorous, some thrilling, while others are unashamedly sentimental. Old-fashioned love stories such as 'A Face in the Crowd' follow ingenious ghost stories, and in 'A Step Out of Time' the past and present come together, drawing back the curtain that separates us from our ancestors. No one who has enjoyed Barbara Erskine's best-selling novels - Lady of Hay, Kingdom of Shadows, Child of the Phoenix and Midnight is a Lonely Place - will be able to resist this gripping collection.