Liz Harris's interest in foreign travel and different cultures led to her debut historical novel, The Road Back, which is to be published by Choc Lit in September, 2012. A member of the Historical Novel Society, she is also an active member of the RNA.
I was born and raised in the
of north west . In between reading Law at London ,
and later English at Southampton University , I spent six
years in London
living in both California
and San Francisco ,
where I did a variety of jobs, from looking after children to being PA to the
head of a large Japanese trading company. Los Angeles
Real life eventually intervened, and I returned to
where I taught for a number of years. During the last six of those years, my
articles on educational matters were printed weekly in two local England newspapers. Cheshire
My hobbies include the theatre; travel; reading books of every genre – my all time favourite author being Jane Austen - and cryptic crosswords.
I am an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and for more than seven years, I’ve run the Oxford Chapter of the RNA, and I ran the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2011.
I am also a member of The Historical Novel Society, and am on the committee organising the HNS Conference 2012. In addition to this, I’m a member of the Oxford Writers’ Group and a contributor to their fourth anthology, which comes out later this year.
I have two sons, who live in
, and I now live in
London South Oxfordshire with my husband., where I
happily spend a large part of the day sitting at my laptop in the most
comfortable computer chair that I’ve ever sat in.
My interest in foreign travel and in different cultures led to my debut historical novel, The Road Back, which was published by Choc Lit in September, 2012.
The idea for the novel came about when, three years ago, my cousin, who now lives in Australia, asked me to help her to find a home for an album that her father, my late uncle, had compiled after a visit he made to Ladakh in the mid 1940s during the time that he’d been stationed with the army in North India.
His album is now in the Indian Room of the British Library, on
I read it from cover to cover and fell
in love with Ladakh. Increasingly
fascinated by the Ladakhi people and how they managed to live so successfully
in a country with very little rain, I knew that I had to set a novel there and
I began to research the country in depth.
The result is The Road Back,
and Ladakh in the 1950s and in 1995. London
In addition to my novel, my People’s Friend Pocket Novel, A Dangerous Heart, set in
, Umbria , was
published by DC Thompson in March of this year. At present, I am working on A Bargain Struck, which is set in Italy , 1887. Wyoming
Liz's Banquet Guests
Mr. Darcy invariably tops the list of alpha males. I suspect, however, that he might be somewhat boring in real life, lacking by his own admission, a sense of humour, and I should like to test the truth of that for myself.
Sir Nicholas Hytner
The list of plays he’s directed, or brought to the theatre with other directors, is already impressive, and I should love to hear what productions he’s planning to put on in the future.
Moreover, I would be the toast of school children throughout the country for putting an end to the speculation that plagues them at present throughout their examination years as to which were the exact words that Shakespeare wrote, and which parts of his plays he wrote himself, and which he didn’t.
Having taught for many years, I should enjoy the novelty of coming across as one of the good guys for a change.
Nancy Astor (Viscountess Astor)
Nancy Astor had the chance to do much good in Parliament, and to advance the cause of women. She squandered her opportunity, and I should like to have a word with her about that.