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Amanda Brookfield - Author

About the Author

Amanda Brookfield was born in 1960 and educated at University College Oxford. She began her career working in advertising and then as a freelance journalist in Argentina. Her eleven previous novels include Alice Alone, Marriage Games, Sisters and Husbands and Relative Love. She is married with two sons and lives in London.

Featured books by Amanda Brookfield

Before I Knew You

Before I Knew You

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2011

Would you swap houses with a family of strangers? The price you pay might be greater than you think ...Sophie and Andrew are looking for relief from the daily grind - if not each other - so when a friend puts them in touch with William and Beth, newlyweds looking to swap houses for the summer, it seems a solution of sorts. They find themselves in a stylish Connecticut home, a stone's throw from New York, while William and Beth take over their lived-in family house in South London, ideal for spending time with William's teenaged sons. The weeks away work an unexpected magic for Sophie, who begins to find a sense of happiness ...although Beth has no such luck and, no longer the centre of William's world, grows increasingly miserable. And so the two marriages - one crushed by the weight of years, one shiny and new - slide into reverse. The intertwining of these lives and hearts begins to have dramatic consequences none of them could have foreseen ...and all are powerless to stop.

Other books by Amanda Brookfield

For the Love of a Dog

For the Love of a Dog

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

After the death of her mother and the end of a post-divorce relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield finds her once secure world imploding. As despair closes in, she talks of getting a puppy to revive her optimistic spirit. Amanda is advised that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog-owner but she can't resist Mabel, a beautiful golden doodle puppy. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment, Amanda learns that there are no short-cuts to training and caring for a dog. Through battling daily challenges and constantly regrouping, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect of facing the rest of her life alone. For the Love of a Dog tells the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the unwitting architect of rebuilding self-belief. Mabel's own journey is equally captivating: as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head-turner of a companion - as affectionate as she is glorious.

For the Love of a Dog

For the Love of a Dog

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2018

After the death of her mother and the end of a post-divorce relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield finds her once secure world imploding. As despair closes in, she talks of getting a puppy to revive her optimistic spirit. Amanda is advised that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog-owner but she can't resist Mabel, a beautiful golden doodle puppy. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment, Amanda learns that there are no short-cuts to training and caring for a dog. Through battling daily challenges and constantly regrouping, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect of facing the rest of her life alone. For the Love of a Dog tells the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the unwitting architect of rebuilding self-belief. Mabel's own journey is equally captivating: as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head-turner of a companion - as affectionate as she is glorious.

The Love Child

The Love Child

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Perfect for fans of Joanna Trollope and Anita Shreve, Amanda Brookfield's The Love Child is a profoundly moving story about the redeeming power of love. When Janine and Dougie fell in love they thought it would be for ever. Fifteen years later their relationship is well and truly over, their daughter Stevie their one remaining connection. Stevie is on the cusp of adulthood. At sixteen, she's not quite a child, but not quite grown up: a dangerous age. But it's only during a birthday celebration in Spain, when she gets too close to one of Dougie's best friends, that her parents realize just how dangerous. With friendships shattered and trusts betrayed, Janine and Dougie - brought together in Stevie's moment of crisis - know they must see beyond the past if they're to secure their daughter's future. But even with such a lot at stake, can a relationship with so many complications ever have a future. Touching and heartfelt, The Love Child is a story about discovering what matters most in your life, and having the courage to reach for it - not just once, but again and again. Praise for Amanda Brookfield: 'Perceptive. Poignant. Unputdownable. I loved it.' Patricia Scanlan 'Few explore the messy tangles of close human relationships with quite such warm perceptiveness' Daily Mirror Amanda Brookfield was born in 1960 and educated at Oxford University. She began her career working in advertising and then as a freelance journalist in Argentina. Her thirteen previous novels include Relative Love, The Simple Rules of Love, Life Begins and Before I Knew You. She is married with two sons and lives in South London.

Before I Knew You

Before I Knew You

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2011

Would you swap houses with a family of strangers? The price you pay might be greater than you think ...Sophie and Andrew are looking for relief from the daily grind - if not each other - so when a friend puts them in touch with William and Beth, newlyweds looking to swap houses for the summer, it seems a solution of sorts. They find themselves in a stylish Connecticut home, a stone's throw from New York, while William and Beth take over their lived-in family house in South London, ideal for spending time with William's teenaged sons. The weeks away work an unexpected magic for Sophie, who begins to find a sense of happiness ...although Beth has no such luck and, no longer the centre of William's world, grows increasingly miserable. And so the two marriages - one crushed by the weight of years, one shiny and new - slide into reverse. The intertwining of these lives and hearts begins to have dramatic consequences none of them could have foreseen ...and all are powerless to stop.

Relative Love

Relative Love

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2004

The Harrison family gathers as usual for Christmas in their big Sussex house - a tight safe world of festivity and family ritual. This year, however, outside realities are pressing hard: Pamela and John, married for four decades, know that time is catching up with them. And trouble is brewing in the lives of their four children. Cassie, the cossetted youngest, is in the throes of an affair with a married man; Elizabeth, her awkward older sister, is struggling with a faltering second marriage; Peter, the eldest and designated inheritor of Ashley House, is beginning to meet resistance to such a prospect from his career-orientated wife. Only Charlie, the charming and carefree younger son, and his wife Serena, seem truly content, with nothing to worry about except their adolescent twin girls and the simpler teething troubles of their toddler. Everywhere the scent of change is in the air. Yet, change, when it comes, strikes in the form of a tragedy of the most unforeseeable and devastating kind. The family, so apparently secure, begins to unravel. And secrets, past and present, are exposed, laying bare the fragility of human happiness and the myriad faces of love in an imperfect world.

Sisters and Husbands

Sisters and Husbands

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2002

Beautiful Anna Lawrence, with a successful career in broadcasting and marriage to a wealthy man with a luxurious country home, has everything a thirty-two year old could wish for. Until she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, too late to do anything about it. Her sister Becky longs for children but her husband, a struggling chef, has told her they have to put family life on hold for a few more years. Anna's pregnancy uncovers fractures in the sisters' relationship going back years, and the ramifications affect everyone in their lives.

A Family Man

A Family Man

Author: Amanda Brookfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Matt Webster finds his world shattered when his wife walks out, leaving him with their four-year-old son. Grief and shock are compounded by the challenge of having to cope as a working single parent, juggling childcare and the considerable demands of his job. Having been something of a hands-off parent prior to his wife's departure, he is thrown in at the deep end. And, forced to cope as a single father, Matt learns for the first time the true heartbreak and joy of unconditional love.

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