Bernadette Strachan

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Bernadette Strachan
Bernadette Strachan, Bexhill, England.jpg
Strachan in September 2014
Born Bernadette Mary Catherine Gaughan
(1962-12-27) December 27, 1962 (age 54)
London, England.
Pen name
Period 2002–present
Spouse Matthew Strachan (m. 2001)

Bernadette Strachan (née Gaughan, born 27 December 1962) is an English author of popular women's fiction and among the more popular writers of "chick lit." Her first novel, The Reluctant Landlady, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2004 since when she has published a further three novels. with the same publisher. In 2009 her fifth book, How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life, followed in 2010 by Why Do We Have to Live with Men?, both published by Little, Brown. In 2013 her seventh novel, The Valentine's Card was published by Little, Brown under the pseudonym of Juliet Ashton. She has written a further two novels as Juliet Ashton for Simon & Schuster and four novels as Claire Sandy for Pan Macmillan. She also writes screen and theatre works under her maiden name of Bernie Gaughan.[1] In 2017 Simon & Schuster announced that Strachan would be writing a crime thriller series with her composer husband Matthew Strachan.[2]


Bernadette Strachan was born in Fulham, London into an Irish Catholic family.[3] Her Irish background is often incorporated into her writing, particularly in the semi-autobiographical musical Next Door's Baby which was written for London's Orange Tree Theatre with Matthew Strachan.[4] Prior to becoming an author she worked in the media as a radio advertising producer and subsequently as an agent for voiceover artists.[5]


  • The Reluctant Landlady (2004) [6]
  • Handbags and Halos (2005) [7]
  • Diamonds and Daisies (2007) [8]
  • Little White Lies (2008) [9]
  • How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life (2009) [10]
  • Why Do We Have to Live with Men? (2010) [11]
  • The Valentine's Card (2013) [12]
  • What Would Mary Berry Do? (2014) [13]
  • A Very Big House In The Country (2015) [14]
  • Snowed In For Christmas (2015) [15]
  • These Days of Ours (2016) [16]
  • A Not Quite Perfect Family (2017) [17]
  • The Woman at Number 24 (2017) [18]

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