Barbara Erskine Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Lady of Hay (1986)
  2. Kingdom of Shadows (1988)
  3. Child of the Phoenix (1992)
  4. Midnight Is a Lonely Place (1994)
  5. House of Echoes (1996)
  6. On the Edge of Darkness (1998)
  7. Whispers in the Sand (2000)
  8. Hiding from the Light (2002)
  9. Daughters of Fire (2006)
  10. The Warrior’s Princess (2008)
  11. Time’s Legacy (2010)
  12. River of Destiny (2012)
  13. The Darkest Hour (2014)
  14. Sleeper’s Castle (2016)
  15. The Ghost Tree (2018)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Milestones (1992)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Encounters (1990)
  2. Distant Voices (1997)
  3. Sands Of Time (2003)

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Barbara Erskine Books Overview

Lady of Hay

Two Women, Eight Hundred Years, and the Destiny They Share ‘Barbara Erskine can make us feel the cold, smell the filth, and experience some of the fear of the power of evil men…
The author’s storytelling talent is undeniable.’ Times of London With a story as mesmerizing as it is chilling, Lady of Hay explores how Jo, a journalist investigating hypnotic regression, plunges into the life of Matilda, Lady of Hay who lived eight hundred years earlier. As she learns of Matilda’s unhappy marriage, her troubled love for Richard de Clare, and the brutal treatment she received from King John, it seems that Jo’s past and present are hopelessly entwined. Centuries later, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again and she has no choice but to brave both lives if she wants to shake the iron grip of history. ‘So well researched and so well written that it is almost impossible to put down. The novel has everything that readers of racy fiction could ask for: beautiful characters, exotic settings, and passion…
situations and characters that are so completely convincing that they come to life.’ Philadelphia Inquirer ‘Told with hair raising intensity, this is a gripping tale.’ Daily News ‘Barbara Erskine is a superb storyteller.’ Los Angeles Daily News ‘Fascinating, absorbing, original all such praise comes easily when describing Barbara Erskine’s Lady of Hay. But perhaps the most suitable word is hypnotic.’ She What Readers are Saying ‘A classic in its own right.’ ‘An extraordinary story of time travel at its best.’ ‘The most unputdownable book I have ever come across.’ Barbara Erskine is a historian and internationally bestselling author of Lady of Hay as well as Time’s Legacy, Kingdom of Shadows, Encounters, Child of the Phoenix, Midnight Is a Lonely Place, House of Echoes, Distant Voices, Whispers in the Sand, Hiding from the Light, and On the Edge of Darkness. Her first novel blending the historical and the supernatural catapulted her to success, and her novels have been translated into thirty languages. 20100927

Kingdom of Shadows

Barbara Erskine’s classic bestseller, the successor to Lady of Hay, at last available as a HarperCollins paperback. In a childless and unhappy marriage, Clare Royland is rich and beautiful but lonely. And fueling her feelings of isolation is a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past. Troubled by haunting inexplicable dreams that terrify but also powerfully compel her, Clare is forced to look back through the centuries for answers. In 1306, Scotland is at war. Isobel, Countess of Buchan, faces fear and the prospect of untimely death as the fighting surrounds her. But passionate and headstrong, her trials escalate when she is persecuted for her part in crowning Robert the Bruce, her lover. Duncairn, Isobel’s home and Clare’s beloved heritage, becomes a battleground for passions that span the centuries. As husband Paul’s recklessness threatens their security, Clare must fight to save Duncairn, and to save herself from the powers of Isobel…

Child of the Phoenix

In 1218 an extraordinary princess is born, whose mystical powers and unquenchable spirit will alter the course of history…

Raised by her fiercely Welsh nurse to support the Celtic cause against the predatory English king, Princess Eleyne is taught to worship the old gods, to look into the future and sometimes the past. However, unable to identify time and place in her terrifying visions, she is powerless to avert forthcoming tragedy…

Remarkable events follow Eleyne all her life as, despite impassioned resistance, her world’s shaped by powerful men. But her tempestuous life and loves tie her to the destinies of England, Scotland and Wales…

Midnight Is a Lonely Place

After a broken love affair, Kate Kennedy, a successful biographer, retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book. When Alison, her landlord’s daughter, uncovers a Roman site nearby, passions are unleashed.

On the Edge of Darkness

Adam Craig is fourteen when, near an isolated Celtic Stone in the wild Scottish Highlands, he meets Brid, whose exotic, gypsy like dress and strange attitudes fascinate him. They become friends and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century where training as a Druid priestess she has mastered their ancient mysteries and powerful, dangerous magic. In her obsession with Adam, Brid is seen as a traitor to her people, only escaping death by following Adam to Edinburgh when he leaves home to study medicine. As the years pass, Adam makes new friends, and finds new love. But Brid, consumed by jealousy, haunts him like an evil shadow until, fifty years on, Adam’s granddaughter, Beth, helps him discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid’s curse.

Hiding from the Light

The big new novel by the bestselling author of WHISPERS IN THE SAND: a gripping tale of witchcraft and romance, past and present, as her modern day characters are caught up in a battle that has been raging for hundreds of years. Across the peninsular the mist rolled in, its icy fingers curling up the cliffs. Inside their houses people stirred in their sleep and children cried in the dark. The parish of Manningtree and Mistley has a dark history. In 1644, with England in the grip of a Puritan government, Matthew Hopkins, Cromwell’s Witchfinder General, tortured scores of women there, including Liza, the herbalist, whose cottage still stands in Mistley, and Sarah Paxman, the daughter of the manor. And today the spirits of Hopkins and his victims haunt the old shop in the High Street, they say. Emma Dickson has given up her high flying career to live in Liza’s cottage, but now she is being driven half mad by visions of the past; of Sarah’s battle to save herself and Liza from the Witchfinder. In despair, Emma turns to the local rector for help, but he, too, is in the grip of something inexplicable something which threatens Emma. And, as the feast of Halloween approaches, Emma is caught up in a struggle that has been raging for centuries, as old enemies reach out across the years for their revenge. Can she stop the forces unleashed from the past wreaking their devastation in the present?

The Warrior’s Princess

Jess, a young teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister’s house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child. Two thousand years before, the same valley is the site of a great battle between Caractacus, king of the mighty Catuvellauni tribe, and the invading Romans. The proud king is captured and taken as a prisoner to Rome with his wife and daughter, the princess Eigon. Jess is inexorably drawn to investigate Eigon s story, and as the Welsh cottage is no longer a peaceful sanctuary she determines to visit Rome. There lie the connections that will reveal Eigon s astonishing life and which threaten to reawaken Jess s own tormentor. Barbara Erskine s ability to weave together the past and the present, shedding light on a real but little known figure, makes this a tremendous novel of Roman and Celtic history, passion and intrigue.


Longing, revenge, fear, hope and, of course, love Barbara Erskine’s characters experience the full spectrum of emotions in this delightful collection of stories. Barbara Erskine is a born storyteller. Encounters brings together for the first time over forty tales to illustrate her extraordinary talent for capturing the spirit of a place and drawing us into the hearts and minds of her characters. Some are humorous, some thrilling, while others are unashamedly sentimental. Old fashioned love stories such as A Face in the Crowd follow ingenious ghost stories and in A Step Out of Time the past and present come together, drawing back the curtain that separates us from our ancestors. No one who has enjoved Barbara Erskine’s bestselling novels Lady of Hay, Kingdom of Shadows, Child of the Phoenix and Midnight is a Lonely Place will be able to resist this captivating volume.

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