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About Eliza Graham
Eliza Graham's novels have been long-listed for the UK's Richard & Judy Summer Book Club in the UK, and short-listed for World Book Day's 'Hidden Gem' competition. She has also been nominated for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Her books have been bestsellers both in Europe and the US.
She is fascinated by the world of the 1930s and 1940s: the Second World War and its immediate aftermath and the trickle-down effect on future generations. Consequently she's made trips to visit bunkers in Brittany, decoy harbours in Cornwall, wartime radio studios in Bedfordshire and cemeteries in Szczecin, Poland. And those are the less obscure research trips.
It was probably inevitable that Eliza would pursue a life of writing. She spent biology lessons reading Jean Plaidy novels behind the textbooks, sitting at the back of the classroom. In English and history lessons she sat right at the front, hanging on to every word. At home she read books while getting dressed and cleaning her teeth. During school holidays she visited the public library multiple times a day.
At Oxford University she studied English Literature, which didn't teach her much about writing a modern novel, but expanded her knowledge of the literary canon and how people have used books and words to communicate with one another since Saxon times.
She has worked as a 'Saturday' girl in Marks & Spencer, an entrance-hall cleaner, a trainee banker and as a PR consultant and business writer, covering subjects from long-tail insurance risks to jumbo factory loo rolls.
Eliza lives in an ancient village in the Oxfordshire countryside with her family. Not far from her house there is a large perforated sarsen stone that can apparently summon King Alfred if you blow into it correctly. Eliza has never managed to summon him. Her interests still mainly revolve around reading, but she also enjoys walking in the downland country around her home and travelling around the world to research her novels.
Find out more about Eliza on her website: www.elizagrahamauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter: @Eliza_Graham.
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A secret family history of love, anguish and betrayal.
After her beloved grandmother Rozenn’s death, Morane is heartbroken to learn that her sister is the sole inheritor of the family home in Cornwall—while she herself has been written out of the will. With both her business and her relationship with her sister on the rocks, Morane becomes consumed by one question: what made Rozenn turn her back on her?
When she finds an old letter linking her grandmother to Brittany under German occupation, Morane escapes on the trail of her family’s past. In the coastal village where Rozenn lived in 1941, she uncovers a web of shameful secrets that haunted Rozenn to the end of her days. Was it to protect those she loved that a desperate Rozenn made a heartbreaking decision and changed the course of all their lives forever?
Morane goes in search of the truth but the truth can be painful. Can she make her peace with the past and repair her relationship with her sister?
Restless, troubled Rosamond Hunter has spent most of her life running away from the past, filled with guilt about her involuntary role in her mother’s death. When her nursing job brings her back to Fairfleet, her childhood home, to care for an elderly refugee, she is forced to confront the ghosts that have haunted her for so long.
Her patient, Benny Gault, first came to Fairfleet, England, in 1939, having fled Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport train.
As his health fails, he and Rosamond begin to confide in each other. At first their tentative friendship revolves around the love they both shared for Rosamond’s glamorous grandmother, Harriet, but as their trust in each other grows, guilty secrets are exposed and history is turned on its head.
From the acclaimed author of Playing with the Moon and Restitution comes a beautiful and haunting tale of friendship, redemption and forgiveness across generations.
Revised edition: This edition of The One I Was includes editorial revisions.
“The Lines We Leave Behind is mesmerizing; a deeply affecting story of treachery, deception, sacrifice, and loss. Beautifully written and completely absorbing…” —Karen Dionne, author of the internationally bestselling The Marsh King’s Daughter
England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little.
But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia. There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans—a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost. After that, the trail disappears into confusion. How did she come to be trapped in a living nightmare?
As she struggles to piece together the missing years of her life, she will have to confront the harrowing experiences of her special-operations work and peacetime marriage. Only then can she hope to regain the vital memories that will uncover the truth: is she really a violent criminal…or was she betrayed?
Two sisters must learn to make peace with the past—and each other.
In the wake of the 2005 London bombings, Sara returns to her childhood home in Oxfordshire to find that her sister, Polly, has finally come back after being missing for over ten years. Why now—and where has she been?
As girls, the two sisters could not have been more different—only perfect Polly could meet the exacting standards of their nanny, Bridie, while Sara lived in her shadow. But Sara had been heartbroken the day she learned that Polly had run away, leaving her behind.
For Bridie, the news that Polly has returned threatens to revive a family secret she’d long kept hidden. Bridie cares deeply for both girls, and had done her best to raise them as if they were her own, but her own past always remained off-limits, to them as well as to herself. Now, all that may change.
As Polly’s return sets in motion events that will stretch the three women’s fragile bond to its breaking point, all three must confront the weight of this hidden history. Playing out across three generations, Another Day Gone reveals the enduring consequences of violence—and the restorative powers of love and loyalty.
Propaganda offers her a fresh start—but can she stay safe in a world at war?
Anna Hall was a beautiful and skilled Second World War air force operative, guiding RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain—before a bomb killed her sister and left her disfigured. In the aftermath, haunted by her failure to keep her sister safe, Anna retreats to a posting in the countryside—until a chance encounter spins her life in a new direction.
Recruited into a secret unit broadcasting destabilising propaganda to Nazi Germany, Anna finds new purpose in twisting truth with lies. But as she begins to come to terms with her past and with her new appearance, Anna’s present becomes more complicated. When blurred facts and fiction become normal, can anyone be taken at face value?
When her undercover work is threatened with discovery, Anna needs all her instincts to untangle the truth in the lies. But what will it take for her to break down the barriers she’s built around herself?
Shattered by a recent bereavement, Minna and husband Tom retreat to an isolated village on the Dorset coast, hoping to find the solitude that will allow them to cope with their loss and rebuild their foundering marriage. Walking on the beach one day, they unearth a human skeleton. It is a discovery which will plunge Minna into a mystery which will consume her for months to come.
The remains are soon identified as those of Private Lew Campbell, a black American GI who, it seems, drowned during a wartime exercise in the area half a century before. Growing increasingly preoccupied with the dead soldier’s fate, Minna befriends a melancholy elderly woman, Felix, who lived in the village during the war. As Minna coaxes Felix’s story from her, it becomes clear that the old woman knows more about the dead GI than she initially let on.
Playing with the Moon is an unforgettable novel of memory and loss, about the legacy of war, and the need to reconcile ourselves to our past in order to live with the present. Felix’s final shocking confession allows her to come to terms with an event that has cast a shadow over her life, and helps Minna to begin to accept her own loss.
February 1945. Europe is in ruins and the Red Army is searing its way across Germany’s eastern marches, revenging itself upon a petrified population. The war is over, but for some the fight for survival is only just beginning.
Alix, the aristocratic daughter of a German resistance fighter, is alone and desperate to flee before the Reds come. But when a ferocious snowstorm descends she must return to the shelter of her abandoned ancestral home. There, she is shocked to find her childhood sweetheart Gregor. As old passions are rekindled, a couple break into the house to hide – the man, dressed in Gestapo uniform, is a stranger, but his companion is altogether more familiar.
By morning, the blizzard has died down but the Reds are back. The woman and her Nazi escort are dead, and Gregor has vanished. Alone and terrified, Alix runs for her life, and embarks upon an extraordinary and heartbreaking journey.
It will take sixty years and the fall of another empire – Communism – before the riddles of that fateful night can be deciphered.
Restitution is a memorable novel about love and betrayal, hatred and heroism – a reminder that, even in the worst of times, the most courageous acts of kindness are possible.
It's the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and Rachel and her aunt Evie are celebrating with the crowds on the village green. The scene is tranquil, but Rachel and her aunt can never forget what happened exactly twenty-five years ago. On that day, Evie's young daughter Jessamy vanished. She hasn’t been seen since.
Soon after, news comes of Evie's sudden death, and Rachel must return to the village to deal with her aunt’s estate. The extraordinary story she uncovers there will change everything. It is a story of departure and return, of atrocity and betrayal, of unrequited love and the dreadful legacy of war.
Nel 1939, a pochi mesi dallo scoppio della Seconda guerra mondiale, Benjamin Gault giunge a Fairfleet in Inghilterra grazie a un programma di accoglienza per bambini ebrei in fuga dalla Germania nazista. Accolto nella nobile dimora della famiglia Dorner, incontra la giovane Lady Harriett, affascinante padrona di casa e combattiva pilota dei caccia Spitfire. In questo suo nuovo mondo, Benny non si tira indietro di fronte alla sfida per diventare un vero gentleman inglese, ispirato dalla dolce signora e guidato dal bisogno di lasciarsi alle spalle i segreti del passato.
Anche l’inquieta Rosamond, nipote di Lady Harriett, ha trascorso gran parte della vita a fuggire dal passato, gravata dal senso di colpa per l’incidente che ha causato la morte della madre. Quando il suo lavoro di infermiera la riporta a Fairfleet, la casa della sua infanzia, per accudire Benny anziano e in fin di vita, è costretta ad affrontare i fantasmi che l’hanno così a lungo tormentata.
L’amore che entrambi hanno provato per l’affascinante Harriett farà affiorare i ricordi più dolorosi e li guiderà alla riscoperta di se stessi, fino a rivelare i propri colpevoli segreti. Una catarsi del tutto inaspettata e sconvolgente come una rinascita.
Die Krankenschwester Rosamund Hunter nimmt eine Anstellung im Landhaus Fairfleet an, um den im Sterben liegenden Besitzer Benny Gault zu pflegen. Sie verrät dabei nicht, dass sie selbst in dem Haus aufwuchs und nun zurückgekehrt ist, um sich den Gespenstern ihrer Vergangenheit zu stellen. Doch auch Benny hat ein Geheimnis: In den 30er Jahren floh er als Kind aus seiner deutschen Heimat und fand Zuflucht auf Fairfleet. Doch er zahlte einen hohen Preis für seine Freiheit. Und nun ist der Moment gekommen, sich endlich der Wahrheit zu stellen …
Eine mitreißende Familiengeschichte über Erinnerungen, Liebe und Verrat.
Letchford, ein englischer Landsitz. Die kleine Meredith und ihre Schwester beschädigen beim Spielen ein Wandgemälde, das ihr Vater einst von ihrer Mutter gemalt hat. Dahinter kommt ein anderes Bild zum Vorschein. Es erzählt eine Geschichte, die verborgen bleiben soll.
Zwanzig Jahre später kehrt Meredith nach Letchford zurück. Nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter und einer Ehekrise liegen schwierige Zeiten hinter ihr, doch auch die Ruhe auf Letchford ist trügerisch: Schon bald wird ein erschreckender Fund lange zurückliegende Ereignisse wieder ans Licht bringen …