I have known both Elizabeth Buchan and Rachel Hore for many years and am fortunate to have them as consultants to my service. Their wide range of experience as commissioning editors, reviewers for national newspapers and as novelists themselves enables us together to offer authoritative and up-to-date advice.
Elizabeth spent her childhood moving home every three years – including living for brief periods in Egypt and Nigeria before moving to Guildford, York and Edinburgh.
After graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a double honours degree in English and History, she began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books. This was a job which required the hide of a rhinoceros, a nimble mind and the – occasional – box of tissues. People tend to shout at blurb writers but they are resourceful creatures which she and the team proved by continuing to produce a stream of copy for back jackets through thick and thin. Looking back, it was a golden era. Not many people are paid to spend their time reading through the treasury which is Penguin Books and there was no better education. Later, after having married and producing two children, she moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time which was something she had always planned to do since childhood – when she was frequently caught reading under the bedclothes with a torch after being put to bed which gave both books and reading a deliciously subversive tinge.
It was not an easy decision to take the gamble but she has never regretted it. As a writer, she has travelled all over the world and one of the many pleasures of the book tour has been to meet readers of all ages and to share with them a mutual passion for books and reading. She is in touch on line with many of them.
Elizabeth Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for the Sunday Times (UK) and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes, and also been a judge for the Whitbread (now Costa) awards. She is a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and a past Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
I Can’t Begin To Tell You
Denmark, 1940 – War has come and everyone must choose a side
For British born Kay Eberstern, living on her husband’s country estate, the Nazi occupation of her adopted country is a time of terrible uncertainty and inner conflict.
Her husband chooses to co-exist with the enemy but Kay knows she cannot do the same and, lured into a covert world of resistance and sabotage by the British Special Operations Executive, she places everything she knows and loves at risk.
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for nearly twenty years, most latterly as Senior Editorial Director, Fiction, at HarperCollins Publishers.
Authors she edited there included Cathy Kelly, Barbara Erskine, Sidney Sheldon, Craig Thomas, Jane Asher, Susan Howatch and Isabel Wolff. After moving to Norfolk in 2001 with her family she has built a freelance career that includes editing and advising authors, teaching at the University of East Anglia and reviewing fiction for the Guardian.
A Week in Paris
The streets of Paris hide a dark past…
September, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow.
Nearly twenty-five years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected. As Fay traces the past, with only an address in an old rucksack to help her, she discovers dark secrets hidden years ago, secrets that cause her to question who she is and where she belongs…
A compelling story of war, secrets, family and enduring love.
Other titles: The Dream House; The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter’s Daughter, A Place of Secrets, A Gathering Storm, The Silent Tide