Barbara Erskine

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

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.

'The Queen of timeslip epics.' - The Bookseller

'Stephen King meets Ruth Rendell.' - Frank Delaney

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  THE GHOST TREE  Novel, 592 pages HarperCollins, August 2018  Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can’t escape.  As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas’ life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death – and beyond. Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can’t close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn’t invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival…

THE GHOST TREE

Novel, 592 pages
HarperCollins, August 2018

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can’t escape.

As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas’ life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death – and beyond.
Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can’t close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn’t invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival…

  
  
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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…     
  
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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… 

 

 THE DARKEST HOUR  Historical fiction, 535 pages HarperCollins, July 3 2014    
  
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  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.     
  
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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.  

 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.