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wordle 9A bed of roses… Or a bed of nails?

60% of people polled by YouGov put ‘Author’ as most desirable way to earn a living.

But what’s being an author really like?

Come and find out on March 28th, when, as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, novelists Elizabeth Edmondson and Juliet McKenna tell you the truth about the writing life, from traditional publishing to ebooks, from self-publishing to being a hybrid author.

Surviving the rough seas and rocky shores of 21st century writing

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Night & Day

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night-and-day-coverDownton Abbey meets Greek myth 

The classic and haunting story of the Oresteia retold in the world of an aristocratic Cornish family.

In the summer of 1934, Olivia Otway finds herself plucked from the familiar, bohemian whirl of London fashion and set down in the Elizabethan splendour of Landrake House. Deep in the green hills of Cornwall, set amid subtropical gardens, Landrake is a place barely touched by time and progress, as is its master Lord Landrake—her mother’s new husband.
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The Villa on the Riviera

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villa-on-the-rivieraformerly The Art of Love

The French Riviera is the setting for this absorbing tale of family intrigue, scandal and romance, against the glamorous background of 1930s artists and aristocracy.

Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to his father’s house in the South of France. Thrilled to escape cold, wet London, Polly asks for her birth certificate to get a passport. Her world changes. Read More

The Villa in Italy

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villa-in-italyEscapist and completely absorbing, The Villa in Italy is the perfect, mouth-watering summer read.

Four very different people are named in a will. All are summoned to the Villa Dante, home of the late Beatrice Malaspina. But who was she? Read More

The Frozen Lake

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Frozen-Lake-200x300England, Christmas 1936: a bitter winter brings snow to the fells and ice to a a great northern lake, bringing with it returning exiles – and the long shadow of Fascism. Above the lake, the two great houses of Wyncrag and Grindley Hall once again ring with life as the scattered Richardsons and Grindleys trickle back to their ancestral homes, bringing with them unanswered questions, deadly secrets, and the scars of a fifteen-year-old-tragedy. Read More

Devil’s Sonata

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devils-sonata-200x300EVIL NEVER DIES

It begins with a book. It ends in fire.

Beauregard Abbey is an elite boarding school in the wilds of North Yorkshire – a school built in the ruins of a monastery renowned for corruption and the study of dark magic until its destruction by Henry VIII five centuries ago. Read More

Mr Darcy’s Christmas

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Mr-Darcy's-Christmas-Cover-newSet in the wonderful world of Jane Austen, this sparkling and witty Regency romantic comedy takes us to Pemberley for an enchanting Christmas novella of intrigue and love.

Georgiana Darcy, haunted by her near-elopement with Mr Wickham, plays safe when she accepts a proposal of marriage from handsome, rich and well-born Mr Moresby. Read More

Mr Darcy’s House Party

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Mr-Darcy's-House-PartyLove lost and found…a Pemberley maze of misunderstanding and mischief.

A host of Jane Austen characters from Pride and Prejudice return in this sparkling romantic comedy.

Mr Darcy’s cousin, Lady Sarah Fitzwilliam, is not a peaceful person. Lively and headstrong, she’s a thorn in the flesh of her stepmother, who intends to see her safely married Read More

The Second Mrs Darcy

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secondmrsdarcy1‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband.’

So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but she has a different view and looks forward to a new life in independence.

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Mr Darcy’s Dream

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cover_image_Mr_Darcys_Dream2When Phoebe Hawkins, daughter of Mr. Darcy’s sister Georgiana, is shattered by an unhappy romance, she retreats to Pemberley, that great house which becomes for her a place of discovery and enlightenment. She is joined there by kind-hearted Louisa Bingley, unmarried after three London seasons, and as preparations for the ball which Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are to give at Pemberley gain momentum, mischief and love triangles abound, making life as difficult as Read More