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Charlotte Philby - Author

About the Author

Now a freelance journalist, Charlotte Philby worked for the Independent for eight years as a columnist, editor and reporter, and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize for her investigative journalism at the 2013 Press Awards. A former contributing editor and feature writer at Marie Claire, she is founder of the online platform Motherland.net, and has contributed to all the major newspapers, as well as the BBC, Channel 4 and numerous magazines and books. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain's most famous communist double-agent, the elusive 'third man' in the notorious Cambridge spy ring. She has three children and lives in London.

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The Second Woman

The Second Woman

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Two women are found dead. Both had a secret. Both had a choice. Artemis leaves the remote Greek island she grew up on to start a shiny new life in 1990s London with her British husband, a successful entrepreneur. Finally, she has escaped the ghosts of her past. Until she is found hanging from the stairs of her beautiful family home. Two decades later, the apparent suicide of an heiress uncannily mirrors Artemis' mysterious death. And when the ensuing investigation uncovers links to a criminal cartel, National Crime Agency officer Madeleine Farrow begins to pull apart the web of deceit surrounding the two women. THE SECOND WOMAN is a deeply unsettling, brilliantly gripping story of a family legacy built upon lies. Secrets can be suffocating... especially in the wrong hands.

The Second Woman

The Second Woman

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Two women are found dead. Both had a secret. Both had a choice. Artemis leaves the remote Greek island she grew up on to start a shiny new life in 1990s London with her British husband, a successful entrepreneur. Finally, she has escaped the ghosts of her past. Until she is found hanging from the stairs of her beautiful family home. Two decades later, the apparent suicide of an heiress uncannily mirrors Artemis' mysterious death. And when the ensuing investigation uncovers links to a criminal cartel, National Crime Agency officer Madeleine Farrow begins to pull apart the web of deceit surrounding the two women. THE SECOND WOMAN is a deeply unsettling, brilliantly gripping story of a family legacy built upon lies. Secrets can be suffocating... especially in the wrong hands.

A Double Life

A Double Life

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2021

A seriously stylish, hugely compelling mystery... I was utterly gripped. - Lucy Foley Gabriela is a senior negotiator in the Foreign Office. When she returns to her young family after a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn't seem right. Isobel is a journalist on the local paper in Camden. After witnessing a violent attack, she starts to investigate. But someone saw her watching, and is making themselves known in increasingly frightening ways. As Gabriela's life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the truth, and the two women's lives converge in this deeply chilling examination of deceit.

A Double Life

A Double Life

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2020

The Times Thrillers of the Year 2020 'Superbly crafted with heart-stopping twists and chills galore. A new star has arrived in the thriller firmament' The Times, Book of the Month Gabriela is a senior negotiator in the Foreign Office. When she returns to her young family after a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn't seem right. Isobel is a journalist on the local paper in Camden. After witnessing a violent attack, she starts to investigate. But someone saw her watching, and is making themselves known in increasingly frightening ways. As Gabriela's life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the truth, and the two women's lives converge in this deeply chilling examination of deceit.

A Double Life

A Double Life

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

The Times Thrillers of the Year 2020 'Superbly crafted with heart-stopping twists and chills galore. A new star has arrived in the thriller firmament' The Times, Book of the Month Gabriela is a senior negotiator in the Foreign Office. When she returns to her young family after a seven-month stint in Moscow, something doesn't seem right. Isobel is a journalist on the local paper in Camden. After witnessing a violent attack, she starts to investigate. But someone saw her watching, and is making themselves known in increasingly frightening ways. As Gabriela's life begins to unravel, Isobel gets closer to the truth, and the two women's lives converge in this deeply chilling examination of deceit.

Part of the Family

Part of the Family

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Amazon reviewers can't get enough: 'I LOVED THIS BOOK' ***** 'Gloriously gripping' ***** 'Magnificent' ***** 'Heart-stopping, racy and sophisticated' ***** 'Compulsive and clever' ***** On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them. 'Compelling and complex - a compulsive read' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange 'Everyone has an agenda in this intriguing exploration of deceit and duplicity, as Philby ratchets up the paranoia to Highsmithian levels' Guardian

The Most Difficult Thing

The Most Difficult Thing

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2019

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH? 'I devoured this' Erin Kelly 'Compulsive' i Paper 'Enigmatic' Louise Candlish 'A page-turning thriller' BBC Radio 4 Open Book 'Chilling' Good Housekeeping 'Addictive' Joanna Cannon 'Compelling' Daily Telegraph On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of secret intelligence, she is forced to question her family's safety, and her own. Only one thing is certain: in order to protect her children, she must leave them, forever. And someone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone who is determined to make them all pay. Stylish and assured, The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, and a compulsive, highly charged examination of betrayal.

The Most Difficult Thing

The Most Difficult Thing

Author: Charlotte Philby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH? 'I devoured this' Erin Kelly 'Compulsive' i Paper 'Enigmatic' Louise Candlish 'A page-turning thriller' BBC Radio 4 Open Book 'Chilling' Good Housekeeping 'Addictive' Joanna Cannon 'Compelling' Daily Telegraph On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of secret intelligence, she is forced to question her family's safety, and her own. Only one thing is certain: in order to protect her children, she must leave them, forever. And someone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone who is determined to make them all pay. Stylish and assured, The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, and a compulsive, highly charged examination of betrayal.

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