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Susan

SUSAN

By Alice McVeigh

ISBN: 978-1916882317

Publication: June 2021

Publisher: Warleigh Hall Press

Editions: Paperback, ebook, audiobook

Amazon bestseller, rated 10/10 by Publishers Weekly's BookLife Prize

A Jane Austen Prequel

“She possesses an uncommon union of symmetry, brilliancy, and grace. One is apt to expect that an impudent address will naturally attend an impudent mind – but her countenance is absolutely sweet. I am sorry it is so, for what is this but deceit?”

— from Jane Austen’s Lady Susan.

Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson – pretty but poor, clever but capricious – has just been expelled from a school for young ladies in London.

At the mansion of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she attracts a raffish young nobleman. But, at the first hint of scandal, her guardian dispatches her to her uncle Collins’ rectory in Kent, where her sensible cousin Alicia lives and “where nothing ever happens.”

Here Susan mischievously inspires the local squire to put on a play, with consequences no one could possibly have foreseen. What with the unexpected arrival of Frank Churchill, Alicia’s falling in love and a tumultuous elopement, rural Kent will surely never seem safe again…

Click here to read about the Warleigh Hall Press Jane Austen series.

Susan is at the moment on a special offer and exclusive to Amazon. For this reason, the links to alternative retailers below will not work for the next three months. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Reviews for Susan

Multiple award-winning author

Global Book Award

Susan is now available as an audiobook

Finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (adult audiobook category) 

Finalist in the current Rone Awards (In D’Tale magazine, audiobook category)

Narrated by Heather Tracy.

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Harriet

Harriet

By Alice McVeigh

ISBN: 978-1916882331

Publication: February 2022

Publisher: Warleigh Hall Press

Editions: Paperback, ebook.

A Jane Austen Variation

Harriet is an intriguing and original “take” on Jane Austen’s immortal Emma, by Publishers Weekly‘s 2021 BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist, Alice McVeigh.

Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret?

Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill – though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband.

Harriet sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax. It is Emma – but an Emma with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail.

Click here to read about the Warleigh Hall Press Jane Austen series.

Harriet is at the moment on a special offer and exclusive to Amazon. For this reason, the links to alternative retailers below will not work for the next three months. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Reviews for Harriet

Multiple award-winning author

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While the Music Lasts

While the Music Lasts

Contemporary fiction from Alice McVeigh.

ISBN: 978-1-9168823-4-8

Publication: September 2022

Editions: Ebook

The Secret Life of an Orchestra

“This portrayal of the psychosexual duet between men and women, and of the music-making process in a symphony orchestra, sings with lyrical intensity and eloquent feeling” (Publishers Weekly)

Life in the (fictional) Orchestra of London as seen through the eyes of several musicians. Perfectly representing the disparate attitudes, feelings and ambitions of a symphony orchestra full of crazy musos, it brilliantly weaves together affairs, musical jealousies, a misdirected love letter, and an unusual codicil to a will.

Originally “big-five”-published, this is based upon Alice’s previous life as a London freelance cellist, performing all over the world with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

“The orchestra becomes a universe in microcosm – all human life is here” (The Sunday Times)

“A very enjoyable novel – and not quite as light as it pretends to be.” (The Sunday Telegraph)

Reviews for While the Music Lasts

Multiple award-winning author

Global Book Award

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Ghost Music

Ghost Music

Contemporary fiction from Alice McVeigh. New edition in development.

ISBN: 978-0752809205

Publication: October 1997

Publisher: Orion Press

Editions: Paperback, hardcover.

The sequel to the bestselling While the Music Lasts, Ghost Music finds the fictional Orchestra of London beset by difficulties. A demanding, Polish-born conductor drives musicians to greater performances and personal desperation, while a Shakespeare-quoting orchestra manager performs damage control. William, a cellist, then buys an antique cello only to discover that it has magical qualities and plays as if possessed. When the cello debuts in the pit, a mysterious young woman also joins the orchestra. She seduces the conductor and attempts to seduce William, who is struggling to get back together with his estranged wife. Neither a European tour, a libidinous harpist nor a scramble for orchestra funding can keep William from confronting the cello’s true nature – as well as his own. 

“McVeigh defines an orchestra as ‘a combination of the unlikely and the insufferable, attempting the impossible.’ The same may be said of her novel, which smoothly harmonizes disparate themes and perspectives. Sexy, romantic and satirical, the narrative captivatingly chronicles personal politics and the world of music, ghostly and otherwise.” (Publishers Weekly)

New edition available to buy here soon!

Reviews for Ghost Music

Multiple award-winning author

Global Book Award

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