Elizabeth Buchan

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Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker Buchan
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Elizabeth Buchan at Foyle's Bookstore, London, February 2016.
Born Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker
(1948-05-21) 21 May 1948 (age 68)
Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Pen name Elizabeth Buchan
Occupation Novelist, critic
Nationality British
Period 1985-Present
Notable works Consider the Lily,
Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman
Notable awards RoNA Award
Spouse Benjamin William Alastair Buchan (1974-present)
Children 2

Elizabeth Buchan, née Oakleigh-Walker (born 21 May 1948) is a British writer of non-fiction and fiction books since 1985. In 1994, her novel Consider the Lily won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association,[1] and she was elected its eighteenth Chairman (1995–1997).[2] Her novel, Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman (2001), has been made into a television film for CBS.[3]


Personal life[edit]

Elizabeth Mary Oakleigh-Walker was born on 21 May 1948 in Guildford, Surrey, England,[4] the daughter of Major Peter Oakleigh-Walker and Eleanor Mary Peters. In the 1970s, she obtained a double degree in English and History at the University of Kent at Canterbury.[3]

On 20 April 1974, she married Benjamin William Alastair Buchan (b. 1948), grandson of the novelist and politician John Buchan. The marriage had one son, Adam Peter Alastair Buchan (b. 1980), and a daughter, Eleanor Rose Buchan (b. 1983).[5]

Writing career[edit]

She started working as a blurb writer for Penguin Books (1974–1989), and later, since 1989 as Fiction Editor at Random House.[3] After the publication of her third novel, she became a full-time writer. She lives in London. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She has been a judge for Whitbread (now Costa) Awards, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot Awards and reviews for the Sunday Times. She is also a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and the National Academy of Writing.



Game book[edit]

  • Ice Dancer (1985)



  • Beatrix Potter: The Story of the Creator of Peter Rabbit (1987)

Single novels[edit]

  • Daughters of the Storm (1988)
  • Light of the Moon (1991)
  • Consider the Lily (1993)
  • Perfect Love (1995)
  • Against Her Nature (1997)
  • Secrets of the Heart (2000)
  • The Good Wife (2003) aka The Good Wife Strikes Back (US title)
  • That Certain Age (2004) aka Everything She Thought She Wanted (US title)
  • Separate Beds (2010)
  • Daughters (2012)
  • I Can't Begin to Tell You (2014)
  • The New Mrs Clifton (2016)

The Two Mrs Lloyd Series[edit]

  1. Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (2001)
  2. The Second Wife (2006) aka Wives Behaving Badly (US title)

References and sources[edit]