Harriet Evans grew up in London. In her twenties she was lucky enough to get a job as a secretary at a publishers and instantly realised working with books was what she'd always wanted to do. She was a fiction editor for ten happy years but left in 2009 to write full-time, making up stories all day.Harriet still lives in London with her family. She likes old films, property websites, sloe gin cocktails, feminism and Bombay Mix, not in that order.
Her characters are finely drawn and as the story hops back and forth from the Second World War to the present day, the reader becomes deeply immersed in this charismatic family's fortunes. The result is that rare and lovely thing, an all-engaging and all-consuming drama - Daily MailI love it on so many levels, the immense feeling of place, the slow, irresistible sense of being drawn deep into the family and its story, and the strange hovering of menace somewhere in the idyll. Wonderful - Penny VincenziAtmospheric and altogether wonderful - Lesley PearseShe reels you in and then you're hooked, right to the last page - Patricia ScanlanA wonderful, engrossing novel, full of the most vivid characters and a truly memorable setting. A triumph. - Sophie KinsellaShe's as good as the great Rosamunde Pilcher - Saga