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Lady of Hay

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,661 ratings  ·  324 reviews

Including a sequel short story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a 3 million copy bestseller, this edition of Lady of Hay brings Barbara Erskine's eerie, atmospheric and utterly compelling story to a new generation.

Jo Clifford, journalist, is all set to debunk the idea of past-life regression in her next magazine series. But when she herself submits to a simple hypnotic

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Kindle Edition, 848 pages
Published (first published 1986)
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Jane
Where I got the book: bought retail. Full price. Seriously, sometimes I do that just for laughs.

I read this book back in 1985 when it came out. I was 25. I cannot imagine this. I thought this book was AMAZING back then. I was hoping to recapture the moment...

Sigh.

You can never go back.

Plot: beautiful, talented journalist Jo (STRIKE ONE) appears to have no other purpose than to be hypnotized back into a previous life. Because absolutely EVERYONE she meets can do this. Really? I could count the nu
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Karen
Meh, don't bother. This was such a long book. It's basically a history lesson, turned into a story, wrapped in alcohol, sex and abuse. I didn't believe the characters at all. They kept telling you that Jo is a hard hitting strong person, but in EVERY instance she is completely helpless, submissive, needy and gets walked all over. There are no consequences for any of the bad things anyone does. All of her friends are living the most ridiculously scandalous lives.
But somehow the writing did keep
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Misfit
I enjoyed this, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had all been in Matilda's past and skipped the stuff in the present time. The idea of regression was interesting, but it got to be a bit much after a while. I mean, how many people do you know that are experienced hypnotists? And Jo was hypnotized by was it four or five different people? That did become a bit of a stretch towards the end of the book. (view spoiler) ...more
Roselani
Jan 13, 2010 Roselani rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The first time i read this i was blown away. Each chapter revealing more and more to me. The characters being swept up in this irrealistic plot, yet believably, and it was breathtaking. The female lead was bravely trusting her heart in explosive situations. The writing and settings swept me along. Revelation after revelation kept me turning the pages. years ago I would have given this a five.
Just read it for the second time and i found it to be the most offensive, misogynistic literature i have
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Kimberly
Hmmm. Interesting how most people really loved this book. Because I am a lover of historical fiction, Lady of Hay has been on my reading list for some time. I recalled it being a big bestseller back in the 80s when it was first published. I'm giving it 3 stars for potential, but it's really a 2-star. At first I thought perhaps I don't like time travel since I hated The Time Traveler's Wife, but I love Diana Gabaldon's books and it wasn't the time travel in Lady of Hay I disliked. It was just too ...more
Debbie
This book is about Jo Clifford, a C20th journalist, who is regressed under hypnosis and finds she has lived before in the C12th, as Matilda, Lady of Hay. Matilda died a terrible death at the hands of King John. She also suffered the abuse of her husband William de Braose and had an illicit love affair with a knight, Richard de Clare.

The pain and suffering of Matilda's life threaten to take over Jo's, as she finds herself spontaneously regressing and reliving Matilda's life. The plot is complica
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Dimity
This book was a bit of a disappointment to me. Time travel books are generally a favorite treat of mine and although this book is not technically about time travel, it is close enough to be included in that genre for book lists on Goodreads, where I first heard of it. I found the book’s reliance and description of hypnotism to be unrealistic bordering on cheesy. I also was bothered by the undertones of violence against women, as mentioned by at least one other reviewer. This book seemed to take ...more
Sonia
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Paigersoccerfan
I found this to be a very hard book to put down, even though there were things i didn't like about it. I just had to keep reading to find out how it would all end. I had one big problem with it, however. It really bothered me that Prince John was supposedly in love with Matilda. Who needs love like that? That was more about wanting something he couldn't have, lust and ownership, than love. If he had loved her he would not have raped her, so brutally. There was no love in that, only rage. I had t ...more
liirogue
I really struggled to read this. Like many others, I found the historical story, that of Matilda, much more interesting than the current-day events. But the current-day storyline is what really ruined it for me. All of the characters were completely unlikable and downright psychotic.

Nike brutally rapes and repeatedly attacks Jo, but he claims to love her. Jo conveniently moves past all that and they end up happily ever after.

Why was Sam completely off his rocker? No good explanation is ever give
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Adrie Ashford
Erskine has a great premise, but her characters utterly bludgeon it to death, both in this century and 800 years ago. The female lead is a paper doll that the male characters endlessly manipulate, and secondary characters jump into the action with introduction or precedence. I have no idea if the book redeems itself, because I got two-thirds of the way through before resorting to throwing it against the wall and not finishing. All in all, this is a huge disappointment of a time travel novel.
Jen
This book made me seriously angry. I don't understand how we are suppossed to forgive the love interest's abuse of the heroine (I would have more to say but there would be spoilers). The characters spiraled out of control and the story went from somewhat beleivable to totally whack (if you will forgive the phrase). The parts that were written about the past were extremely interesting, but how it related to the present and the control of the past over the present were ridiculous.
Holly
I want to talk about my favorite book, LADY OF HAY, by Barbara Erskine. I don't know if you have read it, and if you haven't, you need to. (spoiler alert!) It is the story of a woman who discovers that she has memories of a previous life. I won't go too far into it, since I hope you will read it, but let's just say that it's a great story. It is based upon the life of a real person, and that person is an ancestor of Barbara Erskine.




I understand that Barbara has a college degree in medieval hist
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Renae
I simply do not understand how this book averages more than 4 stars. It's fairly terrible. The characters are shallow and if one reader could identify with them, I'd want to punch that person in the face. The plot takes FOREVER to develop -- seems as though about halfway through the book the author finally makes some revelation about what she's going to write about. The characters are in the upper echelon of London society, all have infatuations with each other (really?), are all ultra attractiv ...more
Roni
Okay, I loved the premise of this book! I was completely pulled into the story in the beginning, by the time I was half way through, I had a few major issues with it. First, it is WAY too long. I loved the story of Matilda and would happily have read a complete book about her. Jo was supposedly a strong independent woman but frankly I found her to be annoying. Next, every other paragraph someone was grabbing the Scotch bottle - really? Couldn't the author have found an alternative now and then? ...more
Esmanur
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Durum kötü kız kafayı yedi. Ama kitap süper gidiyor..... :D :D :D

.....

Kitap bitti.
Okunmaya değer. Orijinal bir konu ve güzel bir anlatım.
Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne
I have been struggling with my review of Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine and putting it off hoping my feelings toward the book would change with time, they have not. I had truly wanted to adore Lady of Hay and quite unfortunately, I did not care for the book. There, I said it. I enjoyed the idea of the story, especially the descriptions of life in the twelfth century. Erskine did an excellent job at creating two realistic and vividly described centuries and cre
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Cori Henderson
I was recommended this book by someone else, and I really was not a fan. From a feminist's point of view, this book is a horrific example of all that was wrong with romance fiction in the 80s. The protagonist, introduced as a strong, independent woman gets continually raped by pretty much everyone in the book, past and present. But it's ok right, because sometimes she kind of enjoys it?! The only difference between the heroes and the villains seemed to be that they both rape her continuously, bu ...more
Büşra
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belki çevirisinden kaynaklınıyo belki benden ama ikimizden birinde problem var.. kitapa bütünleşmekte biraz zorluk yaşadım ama konu harika :) umarım en kısa zamanda birbirimiz içinde kayboluruz :) bu enfes şeyin arakadaşlığından mahrum kalmak istemiyorum :)"


264. sayfa 

kitapla bir bütün oldum sanırım.. zira okurken karakterlere ufaktan ufanktan sövmeye başladığıma göre evet evet kesinlikle kitapla bütünleştik biz :) mutluyum :) neyse konuya dönecek olursak açlışı papucumun piskoloğu baş
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Laura
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Kimble
I really wanted to like this book, as I read this story I hoped it would eventually follow it's five star ratings, and be as interesting as I hoped. For me I started getting bored following the three men in present time and the three men in the past all being in a lust fest of rape toward the main character. It would have been nice to have read a little more about their lives and daily events during Matildas and her children's time. With all the jumping back into the past and present I didn't qu ...more
Diana Dart
As a huge fan of historical novels and all things British, this famous Erskine story was a must read. I'm lamenting that it took so long to get at it, but now that I've devoured it in a few days, my reader's mind will never be the same. With intense characters, an almost mind-boggling plot and rich historical detail, I quite literally could not put this down. Thanks to the Kindle edition on my iPhone, I didn't have to ;)

Erskine keeps you guessing, cheering and even raging at the extensive cast o
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Jeannie B.
Once again, I stayed up far too late into the night reading, and this book is to blame! Lady of Hay is a gripping account of two women struggling to break free of political and personal constraints in both the 12th and 20th centuries. The main character, Jo Clifford, is a journalist who recalls life in 12th century Wales under hypnotic regression. The question she and the reader must confront is: does Jo indeed remember being the Lady of Hay, or are there other forces at work in these resurfacin ...more
Sarah
Lady of Hay. Barbara Erskine. 1986. Dell. 751 pages. ISBN 0440200059.

If you're in the mood for an epic drama involving hypnosis and past-life regression during modern times, faced against historical Welsh fiction, then Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay is definitely the book to read. What an extraordinary novel!

Lady of Hay is the story of Jo Clifford, a head-strong journalist who falls prey to being an easy subject for past-life regression within hypnosis, or even reincarnation. When Jo is under hyp
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Kayla
Yurtsuz Kralın Aşkı = ŞAHESERRRRRR

Öncelikle bu kitap kesinlikle AŞK ROMANI değil ! Tamam içinde aşk yer alıyor ama bu yine de kitabı aşk romanı yapmıyor bence :)

Kitaba gelince, konu iki farklı ana karakter üzerinde yoğunlaşıyor. Biri günümüde yaşayan Joanne, dğeri 1100'lerde yani Kral John zamanında yaşayan Matilda.

Joanne bir gazeteci ve hipnoz sayesinde Matilda ile tanışıyor. Onun 35 yıllık yaşantısını neredeyse an be an yaşıyor.

Matilda yaşadığı döneme göre çok güçlü bir kadın. Genç yaşında bab
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Debbie
This book follows the story of Joanna Clifford who experiences a past-life regressions and learns that in the past she was Matilda of Hay, married to William de Braose, in love with Richard de Clare and pursued by King John I. When the past starts to seep into her present and influence what is going on in her life, things get very complicated.

I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book - when the Jo is experiencing Matilda's life and interacts with Richard de Clare and John I it is a v
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Nanci de Suffren
I really wanted to like this book but for the most part I found it irritating. Jo, the main character has been hypnotized and sent back in time to live the life of Matilda. That facet of the story was intense but the story in the present included characters who were obviously "bad news." Jo kept putting herself in danger, stupidly. If a guy beats and rapes you, you don't try and try again. I finished the book in the hope that somehow it would be worth the read. Not so much. It seems that part of ...more
Contessina
Kitap elimde süründü ! Sü-rün-dü . Hipnozlar , gelmeler , gitmeler ... Amaaaan zaten hipnozun adı bile kuyruğu kıstırıp kaçmama sebep . Psikolojik gerilim gibi gerim gerim gerdi beni .Seveni , merak edeni için rahat okunur nitelikte bir kitaptı . Gelgelelim ne ben kitabı sevdim ne de kitap beni . Yani kitapla değil , benimle alakalı bir şeydi . Hah ... Bir '' sorun sende değil , bende ,'' demediğim kaldıydı . Birazdan '' sen benden daha iyilerine layıksın , '' da diyeceğim .
Damaskcat
This is the quintessential time slip book for those who like the genre. I read it first back in the nineteen eighties – not long after it was first published and was hooked from the first page and recommended it to countless other readers. I have only recently re-read it having just read the latest novel by Barbara Erskine – ‘The Darkest Hour’. ‘Lady of Hay’ is every bit as good as I’d remembered it to be and I can see why it started my fascination with time slip stories.

Jo Clifford is regressed
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Kristina
This book had everything I love in a book. The main character participates in a study about hypnosis where they are trying to release the participant's past life. Her past life ended tragically as seen in her first foray into hypnosis. She soon finds herself going under under her own accord and learns about her past life and how it's still haunting her. I'm getting excited just writing about it, this is now one of my favorite books I've ever read.
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An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of six bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus two collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty different languages. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester, and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.
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