Barbara Erskine

Agent:  Carole Blake

Biography: Barbara Erskine is the acclaimed author of 11 internationally best-selling novels beginning with the much loved classic, LADY OF HAY, over 3 million copies sold, reissued by HarperCollins during its 25th year of publication. She has also published three highly successful volumes of short stories.

Her books, which have appeared in 24 languages, demonstrate her masterful storytelling abilities and her fascination with history and the supernatural.  She lives with her family in an old police station in Hay-on-Wye.

She is now writing another novel for HarperCollins.

'The Queen of timeslip epics.' - The Bookseller

'Stephen King meets Ruth Rendell.' - Frank Delaney

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SLEEPER'S CASTLE Time-slip, 544 pages HarperCollins Publishers, June 2016 Two women. Centuries apart. Linked by a place haunted by its history. Erskine returns to Hay in this novel published 30 years after her bestselling LADY OF HAY. When your home is alive with history it can be a dangerous place to live. It’s time for Sleeper’s Castle to remember the past. Time is running out…   

SLEEPER'S CASTLE

Time-slip, 544 pages
HarperCollins Publishers, June 2016

Two women. Centuries apart. Linked by a place haunted by its history. Erskine returns to Hay in this novel published 30 years after her bestselling LADY OF HAY. When your home is alive with history it can be a dangerous place to live. It’s time for Sleeper’s Castle to remember the past. Time is running out… 

 

THE DARKEST HOUR Historical fiction, 535 pages HarperCollins, July 3 2014 An epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak set now and during World War II. A painting that was to be restored by her husband, recently killed in a  bizarre car accident, leads Lucy back to the life of Evie, the self-portrait’s artist. Discovering a painted-over figure of a World War II pilot behind Evie, Lucy tries to unravel the mystery of the two men in Evie’s life, and their relevance to Lucy’s own.  

THE DARKEST HOUR

Historical fiction, 535 pages
HarperCollins, July 3 2014

An epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak set now and during World War II. A painting that was to be restored by her husband, recently killed in a  bizarre car accident, leads Lucy back to the life of Evie, the self-portrait’s artist. Discovering a painted-over figure of a World War II pilot behind Evie, Lucy tries to unravel the mystery of the two men in Evie’s life, and their relevance to Lucy’s own.  

RIVER OF DESTINY Novel, 486 pages HarperCollins Publishers - July 5, 2012 Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of a set of converted Anglo-Saxon barns on the banks of the River Debden, in order to start a new life away from the city. Zoe begins to feel an odd presence in their ancient home, and learns of a local Victorian tragedy. Then human bones are found which are much, much older…are they linked to an ancient curse?

RIVER OF DESTINY

Novel, 486 pages
HarperCollins Publishers - July 5, 2012

Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of a set of converted Anglo-Saxon barns on the banks of the River Debden, in order to start a new life away from the city. Zoe begins to feel an odd presence in their ancient home, and learns of a local Victorian tragedy. Then human bones are found which are much, much older…are they linked to an ancient curse?

LADY OF HAY Novel, 768 pages HarperCollins Publishers, 3rd February 2011 Set now and in the 12th century, LADY OF HAY explores the life of Joanna, a journalist  investigating hypnotic regression. Is she really reliving the life of Matilda, Lady of Hay, or is it her fertile imagination leading her to ignore today's problems by escaping into the past? Record figure paid at auction for UK paperback rights in 1986. Still a bestseller after 25 continuous years in print.

LADY OF HAY

Novel, 768 pages
HarperCollins Publishers, 3rd February 2011

Set now and in the 12th century, LADY OF HAY explores the life of Joanna, a journalist  investigating hypnotic regression. Is she really reliving the life of Matilda, Lady of Hay, or is it her fertile imagination leading her to ignore today's problems by escaping into the past? Record figure paid at auction for UK paperback rights in 1986. Still a bestseller after 25 continuous years in print.