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Elizabeth Buchan obtained a double degree in English and History at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She began her career as a blurb writer for Penguin Books, this was excellent training for an infant writer as it necessitated reading widely through the Penguin list - fiction and non-fiction, in order to encapsulate what a book was about. She later became a fiction editor at Random House, in her spare time she had co-authored an adventure game book for children and also written a children's biography of Beatrix Potter, but decided after a couple of years that she should do what she wished to do: write. In 1994, she became a full-time writer. Her novel Consider the Lily won the 1994 Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association, and she was elected its eighteenth Chairman (1995-1997). She has sat on the committee for the Society of Authors and was Chairman of the judges for the 1997 Betty Trask Award and a judge for the 1997 Whitbread Awards. She also writes reviews for the main national newspapers of Great Britain, including The Times and the Mail on Sunday. Her bestselling novel Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman has been made into a television film for CBS.

Elizabeth Buchan lives in London with her two children and her husband.

Genres: Historical, General Fiction
Two Mrs Lloyd
   1. Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman (2002)
   2. The Second Wife (2006)
     aka Wives Behaving Badly
   Daughters of the Storm (1988)
   Light of the Moon (1991)
   Consider the Lily (1993)
   Perfect Love (1995)
   Against Her Nature (1997)
   Secrets of the Heart (2000)
   The Good Wife (2003)
     aka The Good Wife Strikes Back
   That Certain Age (2004)
     aka Everything She Thought She Wanted
   Separate Beds (2008)
   Daughters (2012)
   I Can't Begin to Tell You (2014)
   The New Mrs Clifton (2016)
   The Museum of Broken Promises (2019)
   Two Women in Rome (2021)
   A Dashing Young Tiger Named Jack (poems) (1987) (with Scoular Anderson)
   Love & Passion (2013) (with Sarah Challis, Amanda Craig, Isla Dewar and Anna Maxted)
Game Books
   Ice Dancer (1985) (with Tessa Strickland)
Non fiction
Romantic Novel of the Year Award Best Novel winner (1994) : Consider the Lily

Elizabeth Buchan recommends
The Rector's Daughter (1924)
F M Mayor
"The most exquisitely written, delicate, passionately felt and haunting book I have ever read."
Dream On (1997)
Gilda O'Neill
"A sharp eye, a warm heart and a gift for storytelling."
Sentimental Journey (1997)
Juliette Mead
"Strong, vital and absorbing."
An Empty Room (2003)
Talitha Stevenson
"An Empty Room tells us something significant about the furies and hurts of first love."
Neptune's Daughter (2005)
Beryl Kingston
"As warm and astute as ever, Beryl Kingston puts her finger on a contemporary dilemma."
Vanishing Point (2005)
Carol Smith
"A gripping and beautifully constructed story."
Beachcombing (2009)
Maggie Dana
"A sparklingly attractive novel written with humour, brio and a refreshing unsentimentality."
Drowning Rose (2011)
Marika Cobbold
"A sharp, funny and dazzlingly clever novel ... but, don't be misled by its exuberance, there is a serious purpose at its heart - and courage in tackling one of society's most enduring myths..."
The Second Child (2018)
Caroline Bond
"Caroline Bond takes a complex situation and has written a thoughtful, wrenching and, at times, tear-jerking novel."
The Hour of Separation (2018)
Katharine McMahon
"Intense and emotional, The Hour of Separation takes us deep into the shadows cast by violence and conflict. Terrific."
The Deception of Harriet Fleet (2020)
Helen Scarlett
"I so enjoyed this. With terrific characters and a deep feeling for the Gothic, this is quite a debut. Helen Scarlett is obviously a writer who will go far."
The Favour (2021)
Laura Vaughan
"Ambition, lust, family secrets and lashings of Italian art - what could go wrong? A compulsive story, written with steely intelligence and wicked prose, that should propel the author into the bestseller lists."
An Act of Love (2021)
Carol Drinkwater
"I enjoyed it very much. Her portrayal of damaged and fearful teenager is so good and believable ... I longed to be in France. It's her best."
I Couldn't Love You More (2021)
Esther Freud
"I loved it. I loved its ambition and the dexterity with which it was done, it's poignancy and truth. I hope it does brilliantly."
Widowland (2021)
(Widowland, book 1)
C J Carey
"A brilliantly convincing and gripping dystopian vision. Fantastically detailed and assured, I read it with huge admiration for having pulled off such a terrific novel."
The Swift and the Harrier (2021)
Minette Walters
"Both gripping and fascinating. The civil war in Dorset is evoked brilliantly, the characters are real and intriguing and the love story tender."
The Christie Affair (2022)
Nina de Gramont
"A completely fascinating and fabulous piece of storytelling. I paced myself as I did not wish to miss one detail of its clever and twisty plot. Bravo to the skill and imagination of the author."
Twelve Months and a Day (2022)
Louisa Young
"What a writer. A raw and beautiful exposition on grief and loss but so beautifully earthed in the everyday. Terrific."

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