Barbara Erskine's LADY OF HAY celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a special reissue published by HarperCollins this month. The new edition includes a new final chapter, bringing the story up to date. LADY OF HAY has sold over three million copies and has been translated into 24 languages.
Originally published in 1986, LADY OF HAY was Barbara Erskine's debut novel. It was a groundbreaking novel, the first to popularise the genre that has since become known as 'time slip'. When paperback rights were auctioned by the original hardback publisher, the deal set a record for the highest amount paid for paperback rights to a British first novel. It has now been continuously in print in Britain for a quarter of a century. Set now and in the 12th century, LADY OF HAY explores the life of Joanna, a cynical 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?
This month will see Barbara's 'Talk on Ghosts in The Tower Of London' with Alison Weir. Tickets to the event, which will take place on 24 February, sold out within an hour of being released. This follows on from the incredibly popular talk Barbara gave last year about history and ghosts at Hampton Court Palace, a brilliant setting for the subject.
For more information on Barbara's events, please see her website.
For more information on HarperCollins' anniversary edition, please click here.