Elizabeth Buchan

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Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker Buchan

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Elizabeth Buchan at Foyle's Bookstore, London, February 2016.
Born Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker
(1948-05-21) 21 May 1948 (age 70)
Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Pen name Elizabeth Buchan
Occupation Novelist, critic
Nationality British
Period 1985 – present
Notable worksConsider the Lily,
Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman
Notable awards RoNA Award
Spouse Benjamin William Alastair Buchan (1974-present)
Children 2

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, [1] and she was elected its eighteenth Chairman (1995–1997). [2] Her novel, Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman (2001), has been made into a television film for CBS. [3]

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.



Personal life

Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker was born on 21 May 1948 in Guildford, Surrey, England, [4] 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. [3]

University of Kent public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom

The University of Kent is a semi-collegiate public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1965 and is recognised as a Beloff's plate glass university. The University was granted its Royal Charter on 4 January 1965 and the following year Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent was formally installed as the first Chancellor.

On 20 April 1974, she married Benjamin William Alastair Buchan (b. 1948), grandson of the novelist and politician John Buchan. The marriage had one son, Adam Peter Alastair Buchan (b. 1980), and a daughter, Eleanor Rose Buchan (b. 1983). [5]

John Buchan British politician and author

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist, historian, and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation.

Writing career

She started working as a blurb writer for Penguin Books (1974–1989), and later, since 1989 as Fiction Editor at Random House. [3] After the publication of her third novel, she became a full-time writer. She lives in London. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She has been a judge for Whitbread (now Costa) Awards, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot Awards and reviews for the Sunday Times. She is also a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and the National Academy of Writing.

Penguin Books British publishing house

Penguin Books is a British publishing house. It was co-founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, his brothers Richard and John, as a line of the publishers The Bodley Head, only becoming a separate company the following year. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence, bringing high-quality paperback fiction and non-fiction to the mass market. Penguin's success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on British culture, politics, the arts, and science.

Random House general-interest trade book publisher

Random House is an American book publisher and the largest general-interest paperback publisher in the world. As of 2013, it is part of Penguin Random House, which is jointly owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and British global education and publishing company Pearson PLC.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.



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Single novels

The Two Mrs Lloyd Series

  1. Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2001)
  2. The Second Wife (2006) a.k.a. Wives Behaving Badly (US title)

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