|Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker Buchan|
Elizabeth Buchan at Foyle's Bookstore, London, February 2016.
|Born|| Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker|
21 May 1948
Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Pen name||Elizabeth Buchan|
|Period||1985 – present|
|Notable works||Consider the Lily,|
Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman
|Notable awards||RoNA Award|
|Spouse||Benjamin William Alastair Buchan (1974-present)|
Elizabeth Buchan, née Oakleigh-Walker (born 21 May 1948) is a British writer of non-fiction and fiction books since 1985. In 1994, her novel Consider the Lily won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association,and she was elected its eighteenth Chairman (1995–1997). Her novel, Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman (2001), has been made into a television film for CBS.
The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) is the professional body that represents authors of romantic fiction in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1960 by Denise Robins, Barbara Cartland, Vivian Stuart, and other authors including Elizabeth Goudge, Netta Muskett, Catherine Cookson, Rosamunde Pilcher and Lucilla Andrews.
Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker was born on 21 May 1948 in Guildford, Surrey, England,the daughter of Major Peter Oakleigh-Walker and Eleanor Mary Peters. In the 1970s, she obtained a double degree in English and History at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
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