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Portrait by David Ridge

Portrait by David Ridge

I write the sort of books I want to read, i.e. well-researched (but not intrusive), engagingly written, page-turning historical adventures with a dollop of romance. I prefer a happy, or at least a positive, ending. To quote Jane Austen: Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

My first novels were straight-forward Regency romances. Nowadays, I include 'Factor X', some real historical event which cries out for a story. This might be the 1814 Frost Fair on the Thames, smuggling in Cornwall, or the arrival of four giraffes at London Docks in 1836 who walked to London Zoo and caused a sensation.

Elizabeth Hawksley's exciting historical novels feature witty, resourceful heroines... She is an author who knows her chosen period, so to read one of her stories is to go back in time to the 19th century and to live the life her heroines led. Margaret James, Writing Magazine