Elizabeth George Books In Order

Inspector Lynley Books In Publication Order

  1. A Great Deliverance (1988)
  2. Payment in Blood (1989)
  3. Well-Schooled in Murder (1989)
  4. A Suitable Vengeance (1991)
  5. For the Sake of Elena (1992)
  6. Missing Joseph (1992)
  7. Playing for the Ashes (1994)
  8. In the Presence of the Enemy (1996)
  9. Deception on His Mind (1997)
  10. In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (1999)
  11. A Traitor to Memory (2001)
  12. A Place of Hiding (2003)
  13. With No One as Witness (2005)
  14. What Came Before He Shot Her (2006)
  15. Careless in Red (2008)
  16. This Body of Death (2010)
  17. Believing the Lie (2012)
  18. Just One Evil Act (2013)
  19. A Banquet of Consequences (2015)
  20. The Punishment She Deserves (2018)
  21. Something to Hide (2022)

Saratoga Woods Books In Publication Order

  1. The Edge of Nowhere (2011)
  2. The Edge of the Water (2014)
  3. The Edge of the Shadows (2014)
  4. The Edge of the Light (2016)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Evidence Exposed (1999)
  2. I, Richard (2001)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Crime from the Mind of a Woman (2001)
  2. A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2001)
  3. Two of the Deadliest (2009)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life (2004)
  2. Mastering the Process (2020)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Sisters in Crime 2 (1990)
  2. Hotel Angeline (2011)

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Elizabeth George Books Overview

A Great Deliverance

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders. Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were ‘I did it. And I’m not sorry.’Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley and in their own lives as well. From the Paperback edition.

Payment in Blood

The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives and eighteen inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country where they have virtually no authority, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer. Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain’s foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully through the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

Well-Schooled in Murder

When thirteen year old Matthew Whately goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious public school in the heart of West Sussex, aristocratic Inspector Thomas Lynley receives a call for help from the lad’s housemaster, who also happens to be an old school chum. Thus, the inspector, his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, and forensic scientist Simon Allcourt St. James find themselves once again outside their jurisdiction and deeply involved in the search for a child and then, tragically, for a child killer. Questioning prefects, teachers, and pupils closest to the dead boy, Lynley and Havers sense that something extraordinarily evil is going on behind Bredgar Chambers’s cloistered walls. But as they begin to unlock the secrets of this closed society, the investigation into Matthew’s death leads them perilously close to their own emotional wounds and blinds them to the signs of another murder in the making…
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From the Paperback edition.

A Suitable Vengeance

Award winning author Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, forensic scientist Simon Allcourt St. James, and Lady Helen Clyde in a superlative mystery that is also a fascinating inquiry into the crimes of the heart. Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, has brought to Howenstow, his family home, the young woman he has asked to be his bride. But the savage murder of a local journalist is the catalyst for a lethal series of events that shatters the calm of a picturesque Cornwall village and embroils Lynley and St. James in a case far outside their jurisdiction and a little too close to home. When a second death follows closely on the heels of the first, Lynley finds he can’t help taking the investigation personally because the evidence points to a killer within his own family. From the Paperback edition.

For the Sake of Elena

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge where Elena was a student at St. Stephen’s College her father and his second wife each had their own very different image of the girl. As for Elena, she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death.

Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.

For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive. Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best from an unsavory Swedish born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union.

What’s more, Elena’s father, a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post, is a man with his own dark secrets. While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side, present demons drive him toward betrayal.

From the Paperback edition.

Missing Joseph

Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire, hoping to heal the growing rift in their marriage. But in the
barren countryside awaits bleak news: The vicar of Wimslough, the man they had come to see, is dead a victim of accidental poisoning. Unsatisfied with the
inquest ruling and unsettled by the close association between the investigating constable and the woman who served the deadly meal, Simon calls in his old friend Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. Together they uncover dark, complex relationships in this rural village, relationships that bring men and women
together with a passion, with grief, or with the intention to kill. Peeling away layer after layer of personal history to reveal the torment of a fugitive spirit, Missing Joseph is award winning author Elizabeth George’s greatest achievement.

Playing for the Ashes

‘The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I’m the one who’s answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn’t forgive.’

In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing and no one is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the
Ashes
will make readers ‘search out the sleuthing pair’s first six adventures…
a treasure,’ as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.

In the Presence of the Enemy

Hailed as the ‘king of sleaze,’ tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well.

Ten year old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. But Charlotte’s existence is Luxford’s most fiercely guarded secret, and acknowledging her as his child will throw more than one life and career into chaos. Luxford knows that the story
of Charlotte’s paternity could make him a laughingstock and reveal to his beautiful wife and son the lie he’s lived for a decade. Yet it’s not only Luxford’s reputation that’s on the line: it’s also the reputation and career of Charlotte Bowen’s mother. For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret Thatcher.

Knowing that her political future hangs in the balance, Eve Bowen refuses to let Luxford damage her career by printing the story or calling the police. So the editor turns to forensic scientist Simon St. James for help. It’s a case that fills St. James with disquiet, however, for none of the players in the drama seem to react the way one would expect.

Then tragedy occurs and New Scotland Yard becomes involved. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley soon discovers that the case sends tentacles from London into the countryside, and he must simultaneously outfox death as he probes Charlotte Bowen’s mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, working part of the investigation on her own and hoping to make the coup of her career, may be drawing closer to a grim solution and to danger than anyone knows.

In the Presence of the Enemy is a brilliantly insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted by self interest, of the sins of parents visited upon children, and of the masks that hide people from each other and from themselves.

Deception on His Mind

Balford le Nez is a dying seaside town on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town’s small but growing Asian community is found murdered near its beach, the sleepy town ignites. Intrigued by the involvement of her London neighbor Taymullah Azhar in what appears to be a growing racial conflagration, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers arranges to have herself assigned to the investigation. Setting out on her own, this is one case Havers will have to solve without her longtime partner, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and it s one of the toughest she s ever encountered. For Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and her emotional response to a case unsettlingly close to her own heart, but also the terrible price people pay for deceiving others…
and themselves.

In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner

Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves, lost in collapsed copper mines, injured on perilous gritstone ridges. But this time, when two bodies are discovered in the shadow of the ancient circle of stones known as Nine Sisters Henge, it is clearly not a case for Mountain Rescue. The corpses are those of a young man and woman. Each met death in a different fashion. Each died violently. To Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, brought in to investigate by special request, this grisly crime promises to be one of the toughest assignments of his career. For the unfortunate Nicola Maiden was the daughter of a former officer in an elite undercover unit, a man Lynley once regarded as a mentor. Now, as Lynley struggles to find out if Nicola’s killer was an enemy of her father’s or one she earned herself, a disgraced Barbara Havers, determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her longtime partner, crisscrosses London seeking information on the second murder victim. Yet the more dark secrets Lynley and Havers uncover, the more they learn that neither the victims nor the suspects are who they appear to be. And once again they come up against the icy realization that human relationships are often murderous…
and that the blood that binds can also kill.

A Traitor to Memory

When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no accident. Someone struck her with a car and then deliberately ran over her body before driving off, leaving nothing behind but questions.

What brought Eugenie Davies to London on a rainy autumn night? Why was she carrying the name of the man who found her body? Who among the many acquaintances in her complicated and tragic life could have wanted her dead? And could her murder have some connection to a twenty eight year old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist who several months earlier suddenly and inexplicably lost the ability to play a single note?

For Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, whose own domestic life is about to change radically, these questions are only the first in an investigation that leads him to walk a fine line between personal loyalty and professional honor.

Assigned to the case by his superior, Superintendent Malcolm Webberly, Lynley learns that Webberly’s first murder investigation as a DI over twenty years ago involved Eugenie Davies and a sensational criminal trial. Yet what is truly damaging is what Webberly already knows and no doubt wants Lynley to keep concealed.

Now the pressure is on Lynley to find Eugenie Davies’ killer. For not only is he putting his own career into jeopardy, but he is also attempting to safeguard the careers of his longtime partners Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. Together, they must untangle the dark secrets and darker passions of a family whose history conceals the truth behind a horrific crime.

From the Hardcover edition.

A Place of Hiding

A shocking murder calls forensic scientist Simon St. James and his wife, Deborah, to an isolated island in the English Channel. An old friend of Deborah s, China River, stands accused of killing the island’s wealthiest benefactor, Guy Brouard. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of Guernsey. There is little evidence pointing to China and Deborah and Simon are certain that her friend didn t murder the inveterate womanizer. But if China didn t kill Brouard, who did? There were many on the island who enjoyed his patronage from his wives and business associates to his current mistress and the underprivileged teenagers he mentored any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon find that seemingly everyone on the history haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. But before they can save their friend, the St. Jameses must delve into Guernsey s dark history both past and present and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all. In A Place of Hiding, bestselling novelist Elizabeth George marks new territory in the darker landscapes of human relationships. She tells a gripping, suspenseful story of betrayal and devotion, war and remembrance, love and loss…
and the higher truths to which we must all ultimately answer. From the Hardcover edition.

With No One as Witness

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
takes on the case of his career.

When it comes to spellbinding suspense and page turning excitement, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George always delivers. As the Wall Street Journal raves, ‘Ms. George can do it all, with style to spare.’

In With No One as Witness, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate, meticulously researched, and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is back, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata. They are on the hunt for a sinister killer.

When an adolescent boy’s nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of a tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize this as the work of a serial killer. This is the fourth victim in three months but the first to be white.

Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized racism in its failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard hands the case over to Lynley and his colleagues. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. Worse, a devastating tragedy within the police ranks causes them to fumble in their pursuit of him.

What Came Before He Shot Her

The brutal, inexplicable death of Inspector Thomas Lynley’s wife has left Scotland Yard shocked and searching for answers. Even more horrifying is that the trigger was apparently pulled by a twelve-year-old boy. What were the circumstances that led to his final act of desperation? That story begins on the other side of London in rough North Kensington, where the virtually orphaned Campbell children are bounced from home to home. Fifteen-year-old Ness is headed for trouble as fast as her high-heeled boots will take her. Middle child Joel cares for the youngest, Toby, but something clearly isn’t right with Toby. Before long, a local gang starts harassing Joel and threatening his brother. To protect his family, Joel ends up making a pact with the devil-a move that leads straight to the front doorstep of Thomas Lynley. The anatomy of a murder, the story of a family in crisis, What Came Before He Shot Her is a powerful and emotional novel, full of deep psychological insights, that only the incomparable Elizabeth George could write.

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Careless in Red

In her most eagerly anticipated novel yet, Elizabeth George brings back Scotland Yard’s Thomas Lynley to investigate a ruthless crime.

After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. But no matter how far he walks, no matter how exhausting his days, the painful memories of Helen’s death do not diminish.

On the forty third day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death. The closest town, better known for its tourists and its surfing than its intrigue, seems an unlikely place for murder. However, it soon becomes apparent that a clever killer is indeed at work, and this time Lynley is not a detective but a witness and possibly a suspect.

The head of the vastly understaffed local police department needs Lynley’s help, though, especially when it comes to the mysterious, secretive woman whose cottage lies not far from where the body was discovered. But can Lynley let go of the past long enough to solve a most devious and carefully planned crime?

This Body of Death

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George is back with a spellbinding tale of mystery and murder featuring Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. On compassionate leave after the murder of his wife, Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn’t trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, whose management style seems to rub everyone the wrong way. In fact, Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer’s hard as nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability. While Lynley works in London, his former colleagues Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata follow the murder trail south to the New Forest. There they discover a beautiful and strange place where animals roam free, the long lost art of thatching is very much alive, and outsiders are not entirely welcome. What they don’t know is that more than one dark secret lurks among the trees, and that their investigation will lead them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking. A multilayered jigsaw puzzle of a story skillfully structured to keep readers guessing until the very end, This Body of Death is a magnificent achievement from a writer at the peak of her powers.

Believing the Lie

After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, ‘It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked.’ With Believing the Lie, she’s poised to hook countless more. Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives. Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict leads her to Nicholas’s wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim’s bitter ex wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

The Evidence Exposed

The ‘Evidence Exposed’: The two week course on ‘Great Houses of Britain’ brings together a varied group of enthusiasts. When one of their number turns up dead, Inspector Thomas Lynley makes a cameo appearance. ‘I, Richard’: Malcolm Cousins has spent years in the single minded pursuit of a priceless letter, probably written by Richard III on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth. But does he want it enough to kill for it? ‘The Surprise of His Life’: When Douglas Armstrong has his first consultation with Thistle McCloud, he has no intention of murdering his wife. His mind, in fact, doesn’t turn to murder until two weeks after consultation number four.

I, Richard

Hailed by The New York Times as a master of the British mystery, award winning author Elizabeth George is one of our most distinguished writers, cherished by readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first collection of short stories is an extraordinary offering that deftly explores the dark side of everyday people and the lengths to which they will go to get what they want most…
. In these five tantalizing and original tales, George plumbs the depths of human nature and human weakness as only she can. From the chilling tale of a marriage built on an appalling set of lies that only death can reveal, to the final, title story about a penniless schoolteacher whose ambition turns murderous, I, Richard is filled with page turning drama, danger, and unmatched suspense. Whether the setting is urban or suburban, affluent or middle class, no one is safe from menace. Thanks to Inspector Thomas Lynley, a squabbling group of Anglophiles discovers a killer in its midst But little help is on hand when a picture perfect town is shattered by an eccentric new resident’s horrifying pet project…
. And when a wealthy husband is haunted by suspicions about his much younger wife, it becomes clear that a man s imagination can be his own worst enemy…
Ironic, revealing, and undeniably entertaining, this imaginative collection proves once again why Elizabeth George is one of today s best loved authors. I, Richard belongs in the library of each and every mystery devotee.

Crime from the Mind of a Woman

Whether the story is a murder mystery, a tale of suspense, a psychological study of the characters affected by a devastating event, a courtroom drama, a police procedural…
the question remains the same. Why crime? Why exists this fascination with crime and why, above all, exists this fascination with crime on the part of female writers? Elizabeth George In A MOMENT ON THE EDGE, bestselling author Elizabeth George has selected a stunning collection of twenty six crime stories from some of the best practitioners of the genre, who also happen to be some of the most successful women writers of our time. These shocking and compulsively readable stories are arranged chronologically, starting with the classic ‘A Jury of Her Peers’ by Susan Glaspell 1917. Also included are stories by Golden Age mystery writers Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh, and New Golden Age author Sara Paretsky, as well as selections by writers outside the genre, such as Shirley Jackson, Nadine Gordimer, Antonia Fraser, and Joyce Carol Oates. Collectively these stories illustrate how crimefiction especially that written by women about women has changed in the last hundred years. As Elizabeth George notes in her introduction, ‘All of these authors share in common a desire to explore mankind in a moment on the edge. The edge equates to the crime committed. How the characters deal with the edge is the story.’ This is a must have anthology for aficionados of crime fiction.

A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women

Whether the story is a murder mystery, a tale of suspense, a psychological study of the characters affected by a devastating event, a courtroom drama, a police procedural…
the question remains the same. Why crime? Why exists this fascination with crime and why, above all, exists this fascination with crime on the part of female writers? Elizabeth George In A MOMENT ON THE EDGE, bestselling author Elizabeth George has selected a stunning collection of twenty six crime stories from some of the best practitioners of the genre, who also happen to be some of the most successful women writers of our time. These shocking and compulsively readable stories are arranged chronologically, starting with the classic ‘A Jury of Her Peers’ by Susan Glaspell 1917. Also included are stories by Golden Age mystery writers Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh, and New Golden Age author Sara Paretsky, as well as selections by writers outside the genre, such as Shirley Jackson, Nadine Gordimer, Antonia Fraser, and Joyce Carol Oates. Collectively these stories illustrate how crimefiction especially that written by women about women has changed in the last hundred years. As Elizabeth George notes in her introduction, ‘All of these authors share in common a desire to explore mankind in a moment on the edge. The edge equates to the crime committed. How the characters deal with the edge is the story.’ This is a must have anthology for aficionados of crime fiction.

Two of the Deadliest

A collection of twenty three indelible stories all never before published from today’s top female crime writers and some talented newcomers, selected by the New York Times bestselling author

Anger…
Jealousy…
Gluttony…
Sloth…
Lust…
Greed…
Pride.

The seven deadly sins have been the roots of crime throughout human history. In Two of the Deadliest, Elizabeth George has gathered nearly two dozen tales that probe the dark heart of crime in the name of a pair of particularly wicked transgressions: lust and greed.

A young woman mistaken for someone else falls neatly into what appears to be the perfect business opportunity, only to learn that such luxury comes with a price. A mother is driven to depths she never imagined by her less than grateful son. And two lovers intent on profiting from an unexpected inheritance discover that the most valuable item is not at all what they thought it was.

In addition to stars including Laura Lippman, Susan Wiggs, Marcia Muller, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard, and Elizabeth George herself, the collection also features new writers from a broad range of backgrounds journalists, educators, and criminal experts. Together they explore the dark depths women and men will sink to for passion, wealth, and power.

Thrilling and unpredictable, these stories of murder and mayhem are guaranteed to shock and entertain.

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life

Here’s what I tell my students on the first day when I teach one of my creative writing courses: You will be published if you possess three qualities talent, passion, and discipline. In Write Away, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George offers would be writers exactly what they need to know about how to construct a novel. She provides a detailed overview of the craft and gives helpful instruction on all elements of writing, from setting and plot to technique and process. To illustrate her points, George presents excerpts from a number of well known writers, including Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Lee, E. M. Forster, John Irving, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and Alice Hoffman. In addition to being a clear and concise guide to fiction writing, Write Away also opens a window into the life of Elizabeth George. It reveals the inspiring personal story of how the distinguished author came to be published and how she meticulously researches and crafts her novels. I have a love hate relationship with the writing life. I wouldn’t wish to have any other kind of life…
and on the other hand, I wish it were easier. And it never is. The reward comes sentence by sentence. The reward comes in the unexpected inspiration. The reward comes from creating a character who lives and breathes and is perfectly real. But such effort it takes to attain the reward! I would never have believed it would take such effort. Elizabeth George started her career as a teacher and has spent several years teaching creative writing. She has a solid understanding of the craft and a storyteller’s enticing way of passing along helpful information, all of which comes through marvelously in this informative book.

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