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Lesley Hayes

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in London, The United Kingdom
May 24, 1948

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Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women's magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called 'Keeping Secrets'. For the following two years she had a weekly slot on BBC Radio Oxford reading her short stories, and in 1999 a collection of linked stories called 'Oxford Marmalade' was brought out on audiotape, read by the actress Susanna Dawson. Her son and daughter, born respectively in 1969 and 1971, helped her throughout these years to keep her feet on t ...more

Average rating: 4.76 · 179 ratings · 134 reviews · 24 distinct works
The Drowned Phoenician Sailor

4.76 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Round Robin

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A Field Beyond Time

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Oxford Marmalade

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Without a Safety Net

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The Oscar Dossier

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The Other Twin

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Not Like Other People

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Dangerous People

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The Girl He Left Behind

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A Field Beyond Time

I took the title of this novel from one of my favourite quotations from the poet Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” When you’ve reached the end of the book, I think you’ll understand just why I chose it.

The novel was a long time in gestation. It began for me with Daniel’s story, his account of his time in India when he was in his early twent... Read more of this blog post »
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The Book of Air by Joe Treasure
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Wonderful and moving

This book is so simply, beautifully written. It kept me enthralled all the way through, and touched me in so many ways. Memorable characters and an all too believable narrative. I haven't come across this author before, but now
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The Girl in White by John  Nicholl
The Girl in White
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This is an interesting departure from John Nicholl’s previous novels, and a reversal of the genders of both detective and victim. The book begins by introducing the reader to the male student Harry, the lamb destined by the author to be led to the sl ...more
Better Strangers by Lesley Hayes
"In the blurb for this book, Lesley Hayes mentions letting go, but I can’t help reading into the need to hang on as Rosalind, Cordelia and Beatrice traverse another period of their life in the second book of this truly delightful trilogy. Perhaps h..." Read more of this review »
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The Girl in Red
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As a psychotherapist I am always bound to read John Nicholl’s novels through that lens, as well as being drawn immediately into the narrative. The Girl in Red is no exception. His portrayal of a woman worn down by coercive control and escalating sadi ...more
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Two Face the World by Sarah Stuart
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The course of true love… A great five star read
‘The course of true love never did run smooth…’ This quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream fits perfectly the continuing story of Richard and Maria. Their plans to marry and live happi
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Anonymity by John  Nicholl
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John Nicholl's novels are, I admit, my guilty pleasure. He never flinches from exploring the depraved depths of the mind of a serial killer as well as their unsavoury actions. There is nothing gratuitous in his graphic descriptions when it comes to b ...more
Exits and Entrances by Lesley Hayes
"This is the seventh novel by Lesley Hayes that I have read and reviewed. I enjoyed (and learned a lot from) the other six, and was very confident the seventh would not disappoint. It didn’t.
We first meet her three protagonists in their rela..." Read more of this review »
Through a Glass Darkly by Lesley Hayes
"This collection of short stories is the combined collection of two previous works by the author, namely ‘Without a Safety Net’ and ‘Not Like Other People.’ As in all Lesley Hayes’ stories, the quality of writing is as good as I’ve ever read. In mo..." Read more of this review »
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