Exclusive sneak-peak of The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Exclusive sneak-peak of The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

The new novel by Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans will enchant her fans with this unputdownable and heart-breaking tale of a family ripped apart and the extraordinary house they called home. Harriet writes the most delicious, epic stories from the heart since Maeve Binchy and Kate Morton.

Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.

Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted TheGarden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.

One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…

When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers. For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.

Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?

You can read an EXCLUSIVE sneak-peak extract from The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans here!

The Garden of Lost and Found is out in eBook and hardback on 18th April 2019. Pre-order here.

Butterflies Everywhere: Our round up of the best butterfly-inspired books and films

Butterflies Everywhere: Our round up of the best butterfly-inspired books and films

Taking inspiration from May’s pick of the month, Harriet Evans’s THE BUTTERFLY SUMMER, we’ve gathered rounded up our favourite butterfly-inspired books and films. 

The Butterfly Summer – Harriet Evans

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The Butterfly Summer is the darkly magical new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans. When Nina Parr turns twenty-six she discovers she is the heir to Keepsake – a crumbling house, up a forgotten creek in Cornwall. In the grounds, remains a butterfly garden and it is here that we are drawn back to a butterfly summer and the dark story of Nina’s female ancestors. We may be a little biased but this is undoubtedly Harriet’s best novel yet, sweeping across centuries with a love story that will set your heart a-flutter. Oh, and you’ll need a box of Kleenex for this one.

Lady of the Butterflies – Fiona Mountain

Lady of the Butterflies

Lady of the Butterflies is a historical novel that centres on the life of the 17th Century entomologist, Elizabeth Granville, coined “ Lady of the Butterflies”. Fiona Mountain’s novel imbues a colourful and dramatic narrative within Granville’s documented life, and her passionate yet distinctive interest for butterflies that, in turn, ignites a forbidden desire for Richard Granville. As testament to her dedication and devotion to the natural sciences, The Granville Fritillary butterfly was named after her.

Flight Behaviour – Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Barbara Kingsolver’s fourteenth novel is a creative exploration of climate change. Flight Behaviour centres around the discovery of an unprecedented quantity of monarch butterflies by the main character, Dellarobia Turnbow, sparking curiosity and intrigue from all the residents in the local town. Kingsolver’s novel explores the variety of cultural and social phenomena that are imposed upon the butterflies to account for their appearance, which leads Dellarobia to question her own set of beliefs and what she holds to be true.

The Sound of the Butterflies – Rachael King

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Rachael King’s The Sound of the Butterflies tells the tale of the relationship of Thomas Edgar, a lepidopterist, and his wife Sophie, which is irrevocably altered after Thomas’ return from a expedition to the Amazon. Set in Edwardian England, Thomas is consumed with the hope that it will secure his name as a revered naturist upon successfully discovering an enigmatic butterfly. Upon his return, however, Sophie finds her husband completely altered.

Black Butterflies (2011)

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Set during South Africa’s Apartheid, Black Butterflies is an insightful biopic focusing on the life of the South African poet Ingrid Jonker, and her personal battle to articulate her anti-apartheid poetry in the midst of the strong opposition enforced by her father.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Based on the book of the same name, this is an extremely poignant biopic portraying the life of  Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man whose once prosperous and colourful life is destroyed when he suffers a debilitating stroke, leaving him only able to communicate by blinking his left eyelid. The film begins with the inward perspective of Bauby, and later depicts how he was known to those he impacted in the outside world, his spirit still alive and animated as a butterfly.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Butterfly Effect

It has been said something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world – Chaos Theory

It’s a bit tenuous but how could we not lighten the mood with a young and rather broody Ashton Kutcher? This thriller plays on the notion of how small, seemingly insignificant changes can have major, unforeseen consequences upon a person’s life over a period of time, commonly understood as ‘the butterfly effect.’

The Butterfly Summer is out now in paperback and ebook. Follow Harriet on Facebook and Twitter.

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Quick-fire Q&A with Victoria Walters

Quick-fire Q&A with Victoria Walters

Bookseller-turned-author, Victoria Walters’ debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, is set to warm hearts everywhere this spring. We grabbed Victoria for one of our Q&As to see what makes her tick.

The book I’ve read the most times . . .

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The first album I ever bought . . .

Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill

My guilty pleasure . . .

Pretty Little Liars

The item I have more of than anything else . . .

Books, books, books!

If I had to choose between appearing on Strictly or X Factor . . .

X Factor. I love music and find it constantly disappointing I have no musical talent!

My favourite city in the world . . .

New York

If I could go back to any time in history . . .

Early 19th century. What do you mean Mr Darcy wasn’t real?!

The best invention ever . . .

Hair straighteners

The last time I went to the cinema . . .

Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Loved it!

The best thing about being a writer . . .

Readers saying they loved my book will never fail to make my day

THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE is published on 7th April in paperback and ebook. Preorder now.

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Quick-fire Q&A with Harriet Evans

Quick-fire Q&A with Harriet Evans

When I was a child I wanted to be…

An actress in musicals, ideally either Maria in The Sound of Music or Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. Still do, in fact!

The moment that changed me forever…

I don’t remember it, but probably my dad’s car accident when I was nine months old. I think our family would have been very different if it hadn’t happened, for worse as well as better as some good things do come out of terrible events.

My greatest inspiration…

 … is rereading books I’ve loved that remind me why I absolutely adore what I do and why I want to write and how I can try to be better all the time.

At night I dream of…

I don’t really dream, or I don’t remember them anyway. I dream during the day instead!

The shop I can’t walk past…

Junk shops that sell anything and everything. I’m a sucker for a collapsible wooden tea tray or a miniature dog’s head in plaster that can be hung on the wall.

The best invention ever…

Disposable nappies. Thank you, faceless inventor of the disposable nappy, from parents around the world.

If I have time to myself…

I’m a writer! I have nothing but time to myself all day and it’s terrible! I am so weird to the first person I see when I leave the house after a day alone and often freak them out with my over-chattiness and TMI sharing… Have you seen my mole? Have you ever eaten a whole wedge of cheese before? Do you like my hair like this? I miss having people to chat to.

My house is…

Tall and thin with lots of stairs. And no cupboards. Except the horizontal ones also known as ‘floors’.

My most valuable possession is…

Aside from my family, if the house was burning down I’d rescue two books: my first editions of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. I think the first one actually belongs to my mum and I should give it back to her now in case of hypothetical fire.

My favourite building…

The cottage we stayed in on Frenchman’s Creek in Cornwall. Not only was it by the Helford, and the most beautiful spot in the world, it was very mysterious and you felt at any time you might actually walk past a crumbling house lost in the mists of time, and it helped me enormously to write The Butterfly Summer.

Favourite children’s book is…

Impossible to pick one but I loved book series: Veronica at the Wells, anything by Noel Streatfeild, C.S. Lewis and last year I read Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson which has to be up there.

My favourite film is…

Four Weddings and a Funeral. Perfect script, acting, concept, everything. In fact, the perfect film in my humble opinion. (Apart from ‘is it still raining…?’).

My guilty pleasure is…

Such a cliché but since I had my daughter I have such a sweet tooth and it’s terrible. I have a secret stash of chocolates.

Harriet Evans new novel THE BUTTERFLY SUMMER is out 19th May. Find out more about what to expect here

 

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Harriet Evans on non-alcoholic festive cheer and time travel…

Harriet Evans on non-alcoholic festive cheer and time travel…

I live with a man who one year bought me WINDSCREEN WIPERS for Christmas*. This is not a joke. I think he intended it to be a joke and then, ha, it was anything but.

I used to think the most boring presents were ‘smellies’ as my best friend used to call them – first, The Body Shop stuff and later any kind of bath oil, or something. Now, that is my absolute dream. Neal’s Yard bath salts, Ren body scrub, Jo Malone fluffy cream – bring it on. I love the stuff.

What I am also hoping for this year is:

  • Non-alcoholic sloe gin (because I am pregnant but I love the stuff)
  • Non-alcoholic hot buttered rum (ditto)
  • Eggnog without the alcohol (ditto)

You get the picture.

Also, maybe some nice jewellery? My sister always seems to buy me something that I love more than anything I’ve ever owned and it’s from somewhere genius like Zara. I wish I had THAT gift. Basically I want my sister to buy all my presents this year, thanks Cal.

I don’t really need much else apart from the non-alcoholic items listed above and the extensive bath-soaking equipment. A warmer house would be nice but I appreciate for that I need to go back to Victorian times and tell them to build better houses. So… time travel, I’d like time travel for Christmas.

Happy Christmas to you all and may all your Christmas wishes, even ones as realistic as this, come true.

 *added information: the windscreen wipers were worse than the ones I then had on the car and they ended up in a bin on the M40.

Harriet’s Christmas e-novella A WINTERFOLD CHRISTMAS is available in ebook and paperback now.

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Introducing A SUMMER WITH FRIENDS – Free E-book Sampler

Introducing A SUMMER WITH FRIENDS – Free E-book Sampler

Today, Headline publishes this gorgeous sampler of first chapters from some of the brightest and most talented women’s fiction authors around. So if you’ve been dithering over what to read next, here’s an opportunity to dip your toe in before you buy!

We asked one of our editors Sherise Hobbs to tell us more about this brand new collection of  first chapters, available now to download for free:

“I love the chance to dip into the latest novels from my favourite authors. And SUMMER WITH FRIENDS is a delicious treat of a read.

The collection sweeps you away to glorious Cornwall, sun-kissed Italy and the beautiful Rocky Mountains with chapters from Emylia Hall, Jo Thomas and Jill Shalvis. It invites you to discover captivating secrets shared by Sheila O’Flanagan, Harriet Evans and Emma Hannigan. Adele Parks and Tasmina Perry offer a tantalising glimpse into the mysteries of the past, and Jill Mansell and Kathryn Hughes take you on an unforgettable journey of the heart. Stella Newman and Louise Lee inject an irresistible dose of fun and romance. In fact, this whole collection will leave you with a smile on your face and the warmth of summer in your heart — whatever the weather!”

Download SUMMER WITH FRIENDS here. Let us know on social which chapter caught your attention first.

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Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended Books

Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended Books

Wherever you see the GH Reader Recommended Books logo, you can be sure the title has been read and recommended by women just like you. Here are just a few of our books which have been endorsed by Good Housekeeping readers this year:

  • NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Ciara Geraghty
  • A PLACE FOR US by Harriet Evans
  • CLOSER THAN YOU THINK by Karen Rose
  • AFTER THE BOMBING by Clare Morrall
  • LILIAN ON LIFE by Alison Jean Lester
  • WHERE MEMORIES GO by Sally Magnusson
  • REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston
  • THE SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Siggurdardottir
  • REMEMBER ME THIS WAY by Sabine Durrant
  • IF YOU WERE ME by Sheila O’Flanagan

And some to look out for in the coming months:

  • A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrick Backman
  • THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan

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