Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include LIGHT OF THE MOON and the prize-winning CONSIDER THE LILY – reviewed in the Independent as ‘a gorgeously well written tale: funny, sad and sophisticated’. A subsequent novel, REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN became an international bestseller and was made into a CBS Primetime Drama. Other novels include THE SECOND WIFE, SEPARATE BEDS and DAUGHTERS. Her novel, I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU, about the SOE operating in Denmark during the Second World War, was selected for the World Book Night this year. The Week reviewed it as ‘a breathtaking read – no one writes a cliff-hanger like Buchan.’ Her latest novel, THE NEW MRS CLIFTON, was published by Michael Joseph in August 2016.
Elizabeth Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes, and also been a judge for the Whitbread (now Costa) awards. She is a patron of the Guildford Book Festival, The National Academy of Writing and Words for the Wounded.