Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in 1940. After taking a degree in law she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter and embarked on her career as a writer. In 1976 she left America and lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England.
'Susan Howatch may well be the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century. Howatch is more than just a novelist of ideas... She is a skilled storyteller who makes the reader wonder, and care about her people.' ANDREW GREELEY, Washington Post
'Rich in human interest, sex, scandal, moral crises and a good deal of humour, it is a book to keep you hooked throughout' Sunday Times
'Howatch writes thrillers of the heart and mind ... everything in a Howatch novel cuts close to the bone and is of vital concern' New Woman
'Susan Howatch... is writing for anyone who can recognise that mysterious gift of the true storyteller.' Daily Telegraph
'One of the most original novelists writing today'
'Howatch's outstanding gifts as storyteller are combined here with a new seriousness of theme; the result is a superior novel.' Publishers Weekly
'One of the most original novelists writing today' Cosmopolitan