A stunning repackage for a book that wowed a generation, Lady of Hay has sold over a million copies worldwide. / Lady of Hay has sold over a million copies and was a publishing phenomenon when it first came out. / Reissued in a stunning package for a new generation of fans.
A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of ten bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus two collections of short stories. Lady of Hay was her first novel and has now sold well over a million copies worldwide. Her books have appeared in twenty-three different languages. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester, and in a cottage near Hay-on Wye.
Erskine's first novel gets off to a fine start. As a participant in a college research project on hypnotic regression, Jo Clifford is almost too good a subject. Under hypnosis, she relives the final, tortured moments in the life of Matilda, a 12th century Welshwoman. In the process, Jo herself comes close to death. The story then jumps 15 years. Jo, now a journalist researching regression, is again hypnotized and again regresses to Matilda's excitement-packed life. Unfortunately, the pace of the early pages is not maintained. The problem is not with Jo/Matilda, who are both well-drawn, or even with the whopping coincidences Jo encounters. What slows the narrative is the bevy of minor characters, Jo's acquaintances. They talk to her and about her, they try to help her and they conspire against her, all at the expense of the central plotline. This is still a good read, but it could have been better. Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild alternate. (June 19)
'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 story telling talent is undeniable' The Times
This 1986 novel follows reporter Joanna Clifford, who is preparing an article debunking past life regression. After being hypnotized, she finds herself reliving a past life. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.