Stephanie Merritt - Author

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No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author and journalist Stephanie Merritt has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. Writing as S. J. Parris, she is the fastest growing historical crime writer in the UK, with her series of thrillers set in Tudor England selling over half a million copies. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and lives in Surrey with her son.

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While You Sleep The Most Exciting New Thriller You Will Read in Summer 2018

While You Sleep The Most Exciting New Thriller You Will Read in Summer 2018

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A PACY, CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP READING! `Intensely atmospheric' Mail on Sunday A house full of secrets... The McBride house lies on a remote Scottish island, isolated and abandoned. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. Last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace. A woman alone at night... For Zoe Adams, the house offers an escape from her failing marriage. But when night falls, her peaceful retreat is disrupted-scratches at the door, strange voices-and Zoe is convinced she is being watched. A threat that lurks in the shadows... The locals tell Zoe the incidents are merely echoes of the house's dark past. Zoe is sure the danger is all too real-but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

While You Sleep

While You Sleep

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

A PACY, CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP READING! A house full of secrets... The McBride house lies on a remote Scottish island, isolated and abandoned. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. Last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace. A woman alone at night... For Zoe Adams, the house offers an escape from her failing marriage. But when night falls, her peaceful retreat is disrupted-scratches at the door, strange voices-and Zoe is convinced she is being watched. A threat that lurks in the shadows... The locals tell Zoe the incidents are merely echoes of the house's dark past. Zoe is sure the danger is all too real-but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

While You Sleep The Most Exciting New Thriller You Will Read in Summer 2018

While You Sleep The Most Exciting New Thriller You Will Read in Summer 2018

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2018

A PACY, CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO STOP READING! It begins, they say, with a woman screaming... On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there; just last year a local boy, visiting for a dare, disappeared without a trace. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: night-time intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched. The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides' dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real - but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

The Devil Within A Memoir of Depression

The Devil Within A Memoir of Depression

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2009

'I was nearly twenty before I understood that there was a name for what sometimes happened to me. Later, I learned that it has gone by many names - the black dog, the bell jar, the noonday demon, darkness visible, malignant sadness - but in my teens I'd just assumed that my fierce highs and days of disproportionate, isolating despair were part of every teenager's repertoire - how else would Morrissey have sold so many records? These pitches in mood were something I didn't speak about to anyone, because I was afraid of two things - either that it was nothing serious, and I would be told to pull myself together, or that it was serious, and I would be told that, yes, I was a mental case.' Stephanie Merritt has a career as a novelist and journalist, a beautiful son and a supportive family. Why then did she want to kill herself at the age of 29? Why could no one, neither the system of GPs and health professionals, nor her closest family and friends help her? Reading like a hybrid of Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation and Rachel Cusk's more sober A Life's Work, Stephanie's unflinchingly honest memoir explores areas of experience commonly associated with depression such as love, solitude and self-medication through the prism of her own experience. Beautifully written and intensely honest this is an extraordinarily moving, life-affirming book about a debilitating illness that affects one in six people in the UK alone.

Real

Real

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Greg is a fading middle-aged actor whose family life has long since become stale; Sally is a struggling young playwright. When they're thrown together to do a West End play, they plunge into a reckless affair that seems to offer an escape into fantasy . . . until Sally makes a shocking discovery that brings them face to face with real life again. A novel of sharp insight, written with warmth and compelling honesty, Real is a brilliant portrait of modern illusions about love.

Gaveston

Gaveston

Author: Stephanie Merritt Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2003

Gaveston is a journey into the dark heart of obsession and sexual politics by one of the rising stars of contemporary British fiction. When Gaby Harvey, daughter of media magnate Sir Edward Hamilton Harvey and research student at the prestigious St Dunstan's College, first sets eyes on Piers Gaveston, she immediately senses danger. Aloof, narcissistic and devastatingly attractive, Gaveston's charms still prove irresistible to Gaby and as he works his way through the London media world, so he works a way into her affections, with devastating consequences. 'Stephanie Merritt's deliciously dark debut novel has an unusually erudite cast of characters . . . The glamorous life that these characters enjoys suggests, in the most enjoyable way, an episode of 'Dallas' co-written by Iris Murdoch and David Lodge, and directed by Ingmar Bergman.' New Statesman

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