Douglas Kennedy - Author

About the Author

Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.

His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin, Maine and New York..

 

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Featured books by Douglas Kennedy

The Heat of Betrayal

The Heat of Betrayal

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far would you go in order to survive. Primarily about Robin and Paul, each with their weaknesses and strengths, it is the fleeting vivid glimpses of the background characters that binds and unites this story together. The author has the ability to explore humanity and in one sentence he can make you pause and consider. Kennedy paints a vibrant luminous picture with words and the fierce colour of Morocco is given life. Suspense builds, emotions are ripped asunder and you're left to explore the fragility of life in this clever, impactive tale. ~ Liz Robinson

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Five Days

Five Days

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Is it ever too late to find the life you always wanted? A modern day Brief Encounter or The Bridges of Madison County, this is a novel which poses the ultimate romantic dilemma, from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, and The Moment. Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness? For twenty years, Laura has been a good wife and mother. She's supported her husband through redundancy, she's worried about her son, she's encouraged her daughter. She has been constant, caring and selfless. She's stopped thinking about her own dreams, the places she'd like to go and the books she'd like to talk about. But a chance meeting with a man in a hotel lobby - and the five days that follow - remind Laura of the young woman she used to be, and the woman she could have become. How long does it take to fall in love and leave your life behind?

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The Moment

The Moment

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 26 May 2011. Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine - in touch only with his daughter and still trying to reconcile himself to the end of a long marriage that he knew was flawed from the outset.

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Leaving the World

Leaving the World

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

April 2011 Guest Editor Lesley Lokko on Douglas Kennedy... The blurb on the back (or is it the front?) of his novels says ‘no one does stylish, damaged women better.’ How true. When I’m in the mood for something I cannot put down, Kennedy never lets me down. They’re all uniformly good – The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, The State of the Union and the one I’ve just stayed up all night reading, Leaving the World. It’s rare to read a man who’s got such a handle on women but Kennedy scarcely puts a foot wrong. It’s a bit like watching The Office...scarily familiar, scarily good and often cringe-worthy. We can all remember making that last, desperate phone call when we really, really shouldn’t. What Not To Do, not Wear.

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The Woman in the Fifth

The Woman in the Fifth

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Unlike many of Kennedy’s previous novels this one is narrated by a man.  Harry is an American whose past has caught up with him irrevocably and he decides to jump ship to a shadowy, sinister Paris, where nothing is exactly as it seems. It’s a novel that is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night. An eerie and unsettling tale of exile and revenge and the murky frontier between the imagined and the terrifyingly real is incredibly haunting. It’s an utterly absorbing novel so be sure to set aside some quality time to enjoy this gripping and intelligent read.

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Temptation

Temptation

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Hard to say this because all his other novels have been so good, but this one has the edge for me.  A wonderful lightness of touch and yet thriller-like suspense, it’s a real page turner that, to women will provide insights into men, and to men, just might enable them to understand the quirks and nuances of strong women.

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State of the Union

State of the Union

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 01/06/2006

Beginning in the ‘60s America and continuing right through to the tragedies of 9/11, this is the brilliantly told account of the breakdown of three generations of an all-American family.  There’s humour and suspense in equal measure and the climax is taut and unexpected.  A real blockbuster but one which has depth and feeling well beyond the norm.

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A Special Relationship

A Special Relationship

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 05/08/2004

Douglas Kennedy’s strength is his uncanny ability to create the most compelling of female characters in his books and here in A Special Relationship, he shows that strength and aptitude to mind blowing affect. The narrator Sally is an American journalist, based in London, who will have you utterly transfixed, take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and the pace of the story is almost thriller-like at times. It’s all there: love, hate, destiny, triumph, and tragedy but above all good writing.   September 2009 Guest Editor Emily Barr on A Special Relationship by DOUGLAS KENNEDY I picked up A Special Relationship on my way to a writers’ retreat a few years ago and consequently had to be much sterner with myself than I had expected about actually getting on with my own writing. Kennedy is amazingly skilled at drawing the reader in and keeping them turning the pages.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2002

Douglas Kennedy has once again written an incredibly powerful story set just after the second World War in Manhatten with twists and turns on almost every page. Incredibly well drawn characters, particularly the women, linger on long after you’ve finished the book. It’s a tragic love story, a story of divided loyalties and though quite a long book, much like his others, we think you’ll be glued to the pages throughout. A wonderful escapist read.

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Other books by Douglas Kennedy

Afraid of the Light

Afraid of the Light

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

__________________________ The new novel from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment Brendan has always lived a careful, constrained life. A salesman who never liked the work, he's a man who has stayed in his marriage and his faith because it was what was expected of him. But now, having lost his job after corporate downsizing and on the cusp of sixty, he finds himself scrambling to somehow stay afloat in the only Los Angeles work on offer to a man his age - driving for Uber. When one of his rides, a retired professor named Elise, asks to be dropped off outside an abortion clinic where she now volunteers, Brendan finds himself literally driving right into the virulent epicentre of one of the major issues of our time, engulfing his life in the process. A novel of high suspense and considerable moral complexity, Afraid of the Light is a tough, affecting social thriller that speaks volumes about the corrosive divisions of our troubled times. __________________________ 'Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global affairs' OBSERVER

Isabelle in the Afternoon

Isabelle in the Afternoon

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

'A touching exploration of passion untested by domesticity' Mail on Sunday Before Isabelle I knew nothing of sex. Before Isabelle I knew nothing of freedom. Before Isabelle I knew nothing of life. Paris in the early Seventies. Sam, an American student, meets a woman in a bookshop. Isabelle is enigmatic, beautiful, older and, unlike Sam, experienced in love's many contradictions. Sam is instantly smitten - but wary of the wedding ring on her finger. What begins as a regular arrangement in Isabelle's tiny Parisian apartment transforms into a true affair of the heart, and one which lasts for decades to come. Isabelle in the Afternoon is a novel that questions what we seek, what we find, what we settle for - and shows how love, when not lived day in, day out, can become the passion of a lifetime. Praise for Douglas Kennedy 'The absolute master of love stories with heart-stopping twists' THE TIMES 'Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global affairs' OBSERVER

The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2019

'Accomplished...a strangely mesmerising effect...absolutely excellent' New Statesman New York, 1980s Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

Douglas Kennedy Collection #3

Douglas Kennedy Collection #3

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/05/2018

Three outstanding novels in one amazing ebook collection by internationally bestselling author Douglas Kennedy.The Moment: Divorced writer Thomas Nesbitt is still recovering from the end of a long marriage and living a private, isolated life in Maine when, out of the blue, a box from Berlin arrives at his doorstep. The return address shocks him: Dussman, the name of a woman with whom he had a consuming love affair twenty-six years ago in the midst of the Cold War. Now Thomas must grapple with his history with a woman who was not just a refugee from a police state, but also someone who lived with an ongoing sorrow that gradually rewrote both their destinies. A love story of great epic sweep and immense emotional power, The Moment explores why and how we fall in loveand the way we project on to others that which our hearts so desperately seek. Five Days: A transformative love affair envelopes insurance salesman Richard and married, soon-to-be empty nester Laura at a weekend medical conference in Boston. Laura discovers that the seemingly dull fiftysomething man is surprisingly complex and thoughtfulsomeone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change? The Blue Hour: Artist and university professor Paul suggests a month-long trip with his wife to entrancing, exotic Morocco. But when Paul suddenly disappears, Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale

Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/09/2015

<p>In timp ce multi studenti americani din anii 1960 participau la marsuri impotriva razboiului, luau droguri halucinogene si erau adeptii amorului liber, Hannah Latham, fiica unui faimos profesor universitar ultraradical si al unei pictorite foarte cultivate, nu vrea decat sa se casatoreasca cu iubitul ei, viitor doctor, si sa traiasca in provincie o viata conventionala. Tanarul cuplu si baietelul lor nou-nascut se stabilesc intr-un orasel din statul Maine, insa Hannah ajunge sa se simta curand izolata si plictisita de visul ei de fata cuminte. Intr-o buna zi, in lipsa sotului, un tanar - veche cunostinta de pe vremea studentiei - apare in oras, schimbandu-i lui Hannah viata pentru totdeauna...</p><p>O carte pe care n-o poti lasa din mana, cu un suspans bine dozat, scrisa cu maiestria unui autor de romane politiste.</p><p>De acelasi autor, la Editura Trei au aparut romanele <em>Nu pleca..., O relatie speciala, Jocurile destinului </em>si <em>Tentatia</em>.</p><p>O femeie se trezeste prizoniera unei vieti prea conventionale si a micului ei act de rebeliune, ale carui consecinte o haituiesc peste zeci de ani.</p><p>Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale este un roman despre limita dintre viata privata si viata publica, despre imensa prapastie dintre parinti si copii si despre felul in care nu poti scapa niciodata cu adevarat de trecutul tau. De asemenea, constituie si o analiza a moravurilor societatii contemporane, in care mass-media poate distruge vieti in cateva ore.</p><p>"e;Kennedy este neintrecut in a crea personaje feminine pline de rafinament, dar bantuite de framantari. Stilul sau emotioneaza si captiveaza deopotriva."e; <em>Daily Mirror</em></p>

Heat of Betrayal

Heat of Betrayal

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/04/2015

Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true.In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be - passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry, everything changes. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape. With his acclaimed ability to write page-turners that also make you think, Douglas Kennedy takes the reader on a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: what would you do if your life depended on it? 'Kennedy is a complete genius when it comes to understanding the minds of stylish but troubled women' Daily Mirror'Kennedy is an absolute master at love stories with heart-stopping twists' The Times'Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story.' Esquire

Five Days

Five Days

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 30/04/2013

From the critically lauded, internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a profoundly moving novel that explores how a single brief encounter can change ones life.Laura spends her days looking at other peoples potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, bearing constant witness to the fears of patient after frightened patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best possible outcome, she is well versed in the random injustices of life, a truism that has lately been playing out in her marriage as well. Since being downsized, her husband, Dan, has become withdrawn, his emotional distance gradually corroding their relationship. With a son in college and a daughter soon due to leave home, Laura has begun to fear that the marital sounds of silence will only deepen once the nest is truly empty.When an opportunity arises to attend a weekend medical conference in Boston, Laura jumps at this respite from home. While checking in, she meets a man as gray and uninspired as her drab hotel room. Richard is an outwardly dull, fiftysomething insurance salesman. But during a chance second encounter, Laura discovers him to be surprisingly complex and thoughtful, someone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. As their conversation deepens and begins to veer into shared confessions, the overwhelming sense of personal and intimate connection arises. A transformative love affair begins. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change?A love story as clear-sighted and ruminative as it is affecting, Five Days will have you reflecting about the choices we all make that shape our destinies. Crafted with Kennedys trademark evocative prose and pitch-perfect in its depiction of the complex realities of modern life, it is a novel that speaks directly to the many contradictions of the human heart.

Christmas Ring

Christmas Ring

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/12/2011

My ex-husband had his extravagant moments. So begins a delightful short story by Douglas Kennedy, the #1 international bestselling author of The Moment, just in time for Christmas, and only available as an eBook.Erica, a Manhattan corporate lawyer, seemingly has it alla gorgeous Tribeca loft, a hefty paycheck, a svelte physique, and an engagement ring worth a healthy six-figure sum. The problem is that the ring was given to her by her now ex-husband, who wants it back and is willing to pay her handsomely for it. In this state of material wealth, Erica has found herself utterly alone, her life empty, her only companions the piles of work sitting on her midtown office desk. It's Christmas Eve, and as she finally decides to call it a day, she walks through the building's lobby, begins a conversation with the doorman, and in one extravagant moment of her own, discovers the truth about the gift of giving.

Stochastic Financial Models

Stochastic Financial Models

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2010

Filling the void between surveys of the field with relatively light mathematical content and books with a rigorous, formal approach to stochastic integration and probabilistic ideas, Stochastic Financial Models provides a sound introduction to mathematical finance. The author takes a classical applied mathematical approach, focusing on calculations rather than seeking the greatest generality. Developed from the esteemed author's advanced undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cambridge, the text begins with the classical topics of utility and the mean-variance approach to portfolio choice. The remainder of the book deals with derivative pricing. The author fully explains the binomial model since it is central to understanding the pricing of derivatives by self-financing hedging portfolios. He then discusses the general discrete-time model, Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes model. The book concludes with a look at various interest-rate models. Concepts from measure-theoretic probability and solutions to the end-of-chapter exercises are provided in the appendices. By exploring the important and exciting application area of mathematical finance, this text encourages students to learn more about probability, martingales and stochastic integration. It shows how mathematical concepts, such as the Black-Scholes and Gaussian random-field models, are used in financial situations.

The Woman In The Fifth

The Woman In The Fifth

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris. He arrives in the French captial in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life. But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.

Chasing Mammon

Chasing Mammon

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2007

Money as a weapon. Money as revenge. Money as a substitute for sex and love. Money as status ... This intriguing and extraordinarily well-written book is cheering for those of us who aren't rich, and will go happily to our graves without ever pulling down GBP300,000 per annum' Simon Hoggart, LITERARY REVIEW 'How we chase Mammon defines us. Because, like it or not, we are what we earn,' CHASING MAMMON is the first travel book ever written about the uses of money and the attitudes of the wheelers and dealers in the international marketplace. Douglas Kennedy spent a year loitering with intent in six very disparate financial realms, including the Casablanca bourse (where stocks and bonds are listed on a blackboard), the squeaky-clean Singapore money markets, the Sydney futures market and the first Hungarian stock exchange to open since 1948. From the 'New Age' City folk in London, unsure whether greed really is good for you, to the tireless toilers of Wall Street, Knnedy's encounters with money-makers around the globe make for an exhilarating and quirkily original journey through the modern cash nexus.

The Job

The Job

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2005

'A furiously paced, compulsive thriller' The Times Ned Allen is young, smart, and upwardly mobile. Several years into his career as an ad salesman for a successful computer magazine, Ned's finally left his small-town roots behind, and is certain that the sophisticated Manhattan world he covets is his forever. His wife Lizzie is also a rising star of a prestigious PR firm. It seems that Ned's made it. But then what appeared to be a career break shows its true colours. Ned's forced to make some tough calls, among them a question of ethics and the small matter of whether to lie to his wife - and when the tough calls just keep getting tougher he finds himself on the brink of losing everything ... Readers say: 'Classic Kennedy. Brilliant plot, wonderful dialogue and characters. You are bowled over by the pace.' 'Excellent five star read from the first to the last page' 'If you haven't read any of Douglas Kennedy books please do'

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2003

'Palm-tingling sensation ... captivating ... a completely convincing imaginative performance ... enthralling' The Times On the face of it, Ben Bradford is your standard Wall Street hot shot - Junior partner in a legal firm, 6 figure income, wife and two young kids straight out of a Gap catalogue. But along with the WASP lifestyle comes the sting - Ben hates it. He wants - has always wanted - to be a photographer. When he discovers his wife has fallen in love with another man, the consequences of a moment of madness force him to question not just the design of his life but the price of fulfilment. Because finding yourself means nothing when you're pretending to be someone else. From the picket fences of yuppie New England to Montana's untouchable splendour, The Big Picture spans states and states of mind in a thrilling novel of genuine originality. Reviews for The Big Picture 'The Horse Whisperer recast by Patricia Highsmith ... a compulsive page-turner and a dark moral fable' Mail on Sunday 'Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story' Esquire

Job

Job

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/08/1998

Ned Allen is a young, upwardly mobile, ad salesman for a successful computer magazine. Several years into his career, he's confident that he's finally left his small-town roots behind, and that the sophisticated Manhattan world he covets is his forever. His wife, Lizzie, is also flourishing at a prestigious public relations firm. Life, it seems, is just where they want it.Until Ned is faced with a seemingly clear-cut moral choice that pulls the bottom out from under his feet. Ned's company is sold and he's suddenly and brutally fired, the circumstances surrounding his job loss rendering it impossible to land elsewhere in the industry. When a supportive yet frustrated Lizzie accepts a temporary job in Los Angeles, Ned's downward spiral is nearly complete.Salvation appears in the unlikely form of an old high school friend who is working for Jack Ballantine, a former real estate tycoon with a shady past who has recently made a much-heralded comeback. When, against his better judgement, Ned accepts a job working for Ballantine's latest venture, an offshore private equity fund, he tells himself it's just another job. But it turns out that Ballantine has other uses for Ned...