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Hazel Gaynor

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Hazel Gaynor is an author and freelance writer in Ireland and the UK.

In addition to writing historical fiction, Hazel writes a popular guest blog, Carry on Writing, for national Irish writing website writing.ie. She also writes feature author interviews for the site and has interviewed Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed, Daisy Waugh and Mary Beth Keane, among others.

In October 2012, Hazel was awarded the Cecil Day Lewis Award for Emerging Writers. She appeared at Waterford Writers Weekend in 2012 and 2013 and will be speaking at the Romantic Novelists Association conference in 2014.

Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two young children and an accident-prone cat.

The Girl Who Came Home is her first novel.

Genres: Historical
New and upcoming books
   The Girl Who Came Home (2012)
   A Memory of Violets (2015)
   The Girl From The Savoy (2016)
   The Cottingley Secret (2017)
   Last Christmas in Paris (2017) (with Heather Webb)
   The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (2018)
   Meet Me in Monaco (2019) (with Heather Webb)
   The Bird in the Bamboo Cage (2020)
     aka When We Were Young & Brave
   Three Words for Goodbye (2021) (with Heather Webb)
   The Last Lifeboat (2023)
   Christmas with the Queen (2024) (with Heather Webb)
   Fall of Poppies (2016) (with others)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Hush (2016)
Hazel Gaynor recommends
A Beautiful Rival (2023)
Gill Paul
"A brilliantly entertaining novel about the ugly side of the beauty business. With incredible attention to detail, Gill Paul takes the reader up close and personal with Arden and Rubenstein and their battle for dominance in the emerging beauty industry of the 1900s. Paul blends fact and fiction as smoothly as Arden's Venetian cream, and with pithy dialogue and a wicked sense of humor, brings her leading ladies and their outrageous backstabbing and jealousies roaring to life on the page. An absolute decadent joy from beginning to end, this is the perfect summer read!"
Swan Light (2023)
Phoebe Rowe
"A wonderfully absorbing story that swept me away to Newfoundland and the mystery of a lost lighthouse and secrets hidden beneath the ocean. With a gentle narrative and rich atmosphere, Rowe creates subtle tension, keeping the reader guessing as the dual timelines and cast of characters tangle and entwine. Swan Light is an accomplished debut by a writer I look forward to reading much more from."
The Moonlight Gardening Club (2023)
Rosie Hannigan
"Full of warmth and heart, The Moonlight Gardening Club is an absolute delight. Ruby and Frankie are characters to really care for and will definitely inspire you to grab your wellies and get out into the garden! Rosie Hannigan is an exciting new voice in Irish fiction."

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