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Publication Order of Debutantes Books

Publication Order of Honestly Books

with Terence Brady
No - Honestly! (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yes - Honestly (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Love Quartet Books

Publication Order of Mums on the Run Books

Mums on the Run (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dip Before Breakfast (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nightingale Books

The Nightingale Sings (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Hear a Nightingale (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Bexham Trilogy Books

The Chestnut Tree (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wind Off the Sea (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon at Midnight (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Eden Books

Daughters of Eden (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Flowers (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Victoria Books

with Terence Brady
Victoria (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Victoria And Company (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

In Sunshine Or In Shadow (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Hour (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stardust (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Change of Heart (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nanny (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grand Affair (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Song (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kissing Garden (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Country Wedding (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Love Knot (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Note (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summertime (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Distant Music (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friday's Girl (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Blue (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Distant Fields (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The White Marriage (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodnight Sweetheart (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land of Summer (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Enchanted (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Daisy Club (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Business Part Two (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Business (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Business Part One (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meadows Green (With: Terence Brady) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Light on the Swan (With: Terence Brady) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Plays

Below Stairs: Playscript (With: Terence Brady) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Hearts: A Stage Play (With: Terence Brady) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Coronet Among the Weeds (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coronet Among The Grass (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spies and Stars: MI5, Showbusiness and Me (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Upstairs Downstairs Books

Upstairs Downstairs (By: John Hawkesworth) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rose's Story (With: Terence Brady) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
In My Lady's Chamber (By: John Hawkesworth) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Hudson's Diaries (By: Michael Hardwick) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Hudson's Diary (By: Michael Hardwick) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Years of Change (By: Mollie Hardwick) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr Bellamy's Story (By: Michael Hardwick) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
On with the Dance (By: Michael Hardwick) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endings and Beginnings (By: Michael Hardwick) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War to End Wars (By: Mollie Hardwick) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Bridges' Story (By: Mollie Hardwick) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sarah's Story (By: Mollie Hardwick) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon

Charlotte Bingham
Charlotte Bingham was born June 29, 1942 in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Her dad (John Bingham, 7th Baron Clanmorris) was a secret member of MI5 and wrote detective stories. Her mom (Madeleine Bingham) was a biographer and playwright.

Charlotte first went to a school in London, however from the age of 7, she went to the Priory of Our Lady’s Good Counsel school in Haywards Heath until she was 16. After she left school, she went to stay in Paris with some French aristocrats with the intention of learning how to speak French.

Since she was 10 years old, Charlotte was writing stories and her first piece of work was this thriller called “Death’s Ticket”. At the age of 19, she wrote her humorous autobiography, called “Coronet Among the Weeds”, and not too long before her 20th birthday a literary agent found her celebrating at the Ritz. He was a friend of her parents and he took the finished manuscript of her autobiography. It was published in 1963 by Heinemann and it was a bestseller.

She and her husband, Terence Brady, wrote episodes of “Upstairs, Downstairs”, and would later write “Rose’s Story”, an accompanying book.

“Coronet Among the Weeds” and “Coronet Among the Grass” were adapted into “No, Honestly”, a TV sitcom. Her first novel, called “Lucinda”, was also adapted into a TV screenplay.

She won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 1996 from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

“To Hear a Nightingale” is the first novel in the “Nightingale” series and was released in 1988. Cassie McGann was brought up in small town America by a grandma that despises her, and her childhood is one of rejection and misery. Fleeing to New York she falls in love with Tyrone Rosse, an Irish racehorse, and he marries her and takes her back to his tumbledown mansion in Ireland, called Claremore, it seems as though she’s found happiness finally.

Cassie, passionately in love as she is, finds that the all-male world of racing and horses to be quite lonely. There’s much for her to learn, not least about the man that she has married. Tyrone’s success depends heavily on the whims of the rich owners, both men and women that can be very demanding. And Cassie has to learn to endure the enmity of one especially that comes out of her buried past determined to ruin her.

When tragedy strikes, it appears that Cassie has to yet again face rejection and lose some of her hard won security. However although the chances of success are pretty slim and the cost in her personal happiness quite considerable, she’ll not just give in, and fights against all the odds in order to survive in a world that’s closed off to her.

“The Chestnut Tree” is the first novel in the “Bexham” Trilogy and was released in 2002. It’s the summer of 1939, and all the residents of the idyllic Sussex fishing port of Bexham are preparing for war. Judy Melton (shy yet beautiful) is the daughter of a naval hero; Rusty Sykes (the tomboy daughter of the local boatyard owner); Maeggie Gore-Steward (a social butterfly); and Mathilda Eastcott (seemingly demure), are each in their own ways determined to play an active part in defending their country. However knitting socks and bomb-dodging aren’t quite what they have in mind.

Under the tree on the green these Bexham women meet to look back on a landscape which has changed irrevocably, and which they have in their own individual ways helped to alter. Not a single one of them are the same, yet with the men coming back from war, they’re expected to just slip on back into their simple roles of daughter, mom, and grandma. This, more than anything else perhaps, is their largest sacrifice of all.

Just the chestnut tree that Corrie planted at the edge of the village flourishes in the accepted manner, at last becoming the uniting symbol of everything that’s passed forever.

“Daughters of Eden” is the first novel in “The Eden” series and was released in 2004. This novel focuses on the fortunes and lives of four incredibly different young women at the Second World War’s outbreak. Kate, who her dad despises, yet is still determined to prove herself. Marjorie, who was left at a boarding school by her emigrating mom. Plain Poppy, who was pushed into a marriage with some mean spirited aristocrat. And man crazy Lily, who turns out to be the bravest one of the bunch.

That each of them get selected to work undercover for the espionage unit at this beautiful stately home is quite the surprise, not least to each of them. At Eden Park not only do they meet one another, however they also get involved with three unusual young guys. There is Robert (Kate’s brother), Eugene (a seemingly feckless Irishman), and Scott (a dashing master of disguise), who is the undisputed favorite of the bunch.

Even though there’s hardly time for romance before each one of them gets sent out into the field, there’s just enough for passionate new relationships to form. Just Jack Ward, the mysterious spymaster, is able to stay aloof while guiding their destinies. The fact that they’ll look back on this time as having made them feel more exquisitely alive than ever before isn’t something that they’ll know until much later.

“Mums on the Run” is the first novel in the “Mums on the Run” series and was released in 2010. This is the often hilarious tale about Sam and Pat, two middle aged women, who are intent on fleeing home and hearth for a family free and blissful fortnight of cooking and drawing classes, just to end up at the leaky old Hartley House.

There the ever resourceful Aunt Biddy is struggling to get her nephew Tom’s life back on track by opening up his single asset as an idyllic country retreat. Throw in a Polish butler in a Dad’s Army uniform, a succession of oddball guests, and one lovelorn artist, and these Mums intent on their run definitely get way more than the change that they’d bargained for.

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