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Lisa Jewell is a British New York Times, Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of popular fiction.

Born in London, she studied an arts foundation course at Barnet College before pursuing Fashion Illustration and Communication at Epsom School of Art & Design.

Lisa has throughout her career worked as a PR assistant, a receptionist and a PA.

Her books, which have been translated into sixteen languages, have sold million copies across the globe.

She currently resides in the North side of London with her husband, their two daughters and her cats.

More about Lisa Jewell

Genres: Comedy, Popular Fiction, Thriller

Born: 1968

United Kingdom

Website: http://www.lisajewellbooks.com/

Non Series

  • Thirtynothing (2000)
  • One-hit Wonder (2000)
  • Roommates Wanted (2000)
  • 31 Dream Street (2000)
  • A Friend of the Family (2003)
  • Vince & Joy (2005)
  • The Truth About Melody Browne (2009)
  • The Making of Us (2011)
  • Before I Met You (2012)
  • The House We Grew Up In (2013)
  • The Third Wife (2014)
  • The Girls in the Garden (2015)
  • I Found You (2016)
  • Then She Was Gone (2018)
  • Watching You (2018)
  • The Family Upstairs (2019)
  • Invisible Girl (2020)

Ralph's Party

  1. Ralph's Party (1999)
  2. After the Party (2010)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Thirtynothing

Dig Ryan has a chance encounter with his first love, Delilah, on his thirtieth birthday; a girl he hasn’t laid eyes on in twelve years.

Hands down the most stunning girl in school back in the day, Delilah was a continuous source of sorrow to Nadine, who has been Dig's closest friend for the last decade and a half.

Nadine however isn’t going to let Delilah outwit her one more time.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for Nadine, it involves inviting her first love, Phil.

This exciting book is about friendship, hitting thirty, and falling in love.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2000
Ebook: B017MY9X68
Publisher: Penguin
One-hit Wonder

Ana Wills is a timid and awkward girl who has always fantasized about living the life of Bee, her exotic half-sister and pop artiste who attained a #1 hit single before disappearing from the public eye without a trace.

When her lifeless body is eventually discovered, Ana is sent to the big city to collect Bee’s belongings from her apartment.

Immediately lured by Bee's lavish jewelries and exquisite bottles of Pierre-Jouet, the innocent Ana finds herself plunging into her late sister’s crazy lifestyle.

When reports of a missing cat and a distant country cottage emerge, Ana raises numerous questions about the sister she thought she knew.

Will she uncover what truly happened to Bee Bearhorn?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2000
Ebook: B01MXKXU67
Publisher: Penguin
Roommates Wanted

“1990: Why do you want to live here?”
Toby Dobbs’s father gives him a massive Victorian house with numerous bedrooms as a wedding gift. His marriage however ends in a month.
Feeling abandoned, he posts an Ad looking for roommates.
A decade and a half later, the roommates are still living with him.

“2004: How can I convince you to move out of here?”
Toby Dobbs and Leah Pilgrim want to start a new life together after falling in love.
He however still lives with a bunch of lazy and jilted misfits.
Will Toby and Leah be able to help them overcome their troubles so that they can finally move out?

NB: This book is also known as, 31 Dream Street.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0061137471
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
31 Dream Street

“1990: Why do you want to live here?”
Toby Dobbs’s father gives him a massive Victorian house with numerous bedrooms as a wedding gift. His marriage however ends in a month.
Feeling abandoned, he posts an Ad looking for roommates.
A decade and a half later, the roommates are still living with him.

“2004: How can I convince you to move out of here?”
Toby Dobbs and Leah Pilgrim want to start a new life together after falling in love.
He however still lives with a bunch of lazy and jilted misfits.
Will Toby and Leah be able to help them overcome their troubles so that they can finally move out?

NB: This book is also known as, Roommates Wanted.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0141012209
Publisher: Penguin
A Friend of the Family

Despite being raised in the most suitable of conditions, things aren’t turning out well for brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned who are now all grown up.

Tony not only has trouble with his weight but is also going through a divorce; novelist Sean is not only going through a devastating writer’s block phase but is also about to receive some unexpected news from his “perfect” new girlfriend; and Ned has surprisingly returned from Australia.

Furthermore, their parents have a new lodger named Gervase.

Why does their mother insist on hosting this unpleasant and homeless person?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0452285484
Publisher: Plume
Vince & Joy

Do you remember about the first time that you fell in love? Do you remember telling yourself that This is The One? Do you remember fate having other plans for you?

Vince and Joy and fell terribly in love after their paths entwined in the 1980s.

But when they separated, they never quite got the chance to say goodbye.

Close to two decades later, they have started asking themselves whether that romance was the forever that they have been desperately searching for.

From smooching during teenage years to sharing apartments, from relationships to career crises and children, this book is about two lives lived independently yet forever entangled.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0061137464
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Truth About Melody Browne

When Melody Browne was nine years old, she burned down their house in an act that turned all her belongings and memories into ashes.

Decades later, in her thirty-something, Melody lives in a London council flat with her teenage son.

Although she has no recollection of the events before her ninth birthday, something mysterious happens while attending a hypnotist show with her first date in a long time.

When the fleeting memories however start getting clearer by the day, Melody launches a desperate mission to uncover the true story of her childhood.

But will she ever uncover the truth given the numerous setbacks ahead?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0099533672
Publisher: Arrow Books
The Making of Us

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn are complete strangers going through various challenges.

Lydia, despite being rich and accomplished, is still haunted by a distressing childhood; Dean is a jobless single father without a promising future; while eighteen year old Robyn, who is smart and popular, has just joined college with dreams of becoming a pediatrician. She is however performing dismally in class and is also getting to know what it means to fall in love for the very first time.

Although Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live separate lives, their world is about to tilt on it axis thanks to letter with a shocking secret.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1451609110
Publisher: Atria Books
Before I Met You

After forgoing all the pleasures of women her age in order to look after her ailing grandmother, Betty is finally ready to make a fresh start after Arlette’s death.

One of the people set to inherit what her grandmother left behind is Clara Pickle—a woman who neither Betty nor her family knows.

Moving to London, Betty is determined to find Clara.

In the midst of working as a nanny in the big city, Betty’s continued search leads her to a mysterious man who was apparently quite important to her late Arlette.

Will uncovering secrets from Arlette’s past be the key to unlocking Betty’s own happiness in the present?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1476702940
Publisher: Atria Books
The House We Grew Up In

Meg, Beth and twins Rory and Rhys are part of the near-flawless Bird family.

Meg is the practical one, Beth is the dreamy one, one of the twins is the mischief-maker, while the other half being the thoughtful one.

Their dad is delightful while their mom I quite unconventional.

When the children were younger, Lorelei kept memories by storing mementos in a tiny brick house, only for the family to be separated by an unfortunate event.

Now adults, the children, along with their parent, are forced to return to their family home.

Will they finally uncover what truly happened years ago during that Easter weekend that changed everything?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1476776866
Publisher: Atria Books
The Third Wife

One early morning in April, a youthful woman by the name Maya stumbles right in front of an oncoming bus.

Was this an unfortunate tragedy, or did Maya take her own life?

Still fresh from the loss, her husband Adrian embarks on a quest to uncover the truth.

Maya had good friends and she seemed to have a job that she enjoyed. The two were in love and she even got along with Adrian’s two ex-wives and their children.

It used to be one big and perfect family—until fault lines started showing.

Everybody has secrets. And secrets can never be without repercussions.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1476792194
Publisher: Atria Books
The Girls in the Garden

Picture yourself in a beautiful communal garden square. Amid the chaos of the concrete jungle that is London, the square proves to be a haven where your children can play freely; running from place to place and from one house to another.

There’s nothing wrong with trusting your neighbors, having known them for a number of years.

Trusting them just comes naturally. But how safe are your children?

One midsummer night during a neighborhood party, Pip, who is on the brink of teenagehood, finds her blood-soaked thirteen-year-old sister lying unconscious in a luxuriant rose garden.

Who could have done this to her and why?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1476792224
Publisher: Atria Books
I Found You

Single mom Alice finds a mysterious man sitting alone on a beach in the coastal town of Ridinghouse Bay.

Despite her doubts, she welcomes the man who has no recollection of anything to her home.

Elsewhere in urban London, the newly married Lily Monrose is worried about her husband who didn’t return home from work. And as per the police, her husband never existed.

Around twenty-three years earlier, teenagers Gray and Kirsty Ross crossed paths with a mysterious young man while on holiday in Ridinghouse Bay.

Something inexplicably makes Gray want to protect his younger sister from the man.

Shocking revelations are about to unfurl.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1501154607
Publisher: Atria Books
Then She Was Gone

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack, the youngest of three, was the perfect daughter.

But days before her summer vacation, she mysteriously vanished.

A decade has now passed since Laurel Mack’s daughter disappeared, and seven years since her divorce.

When Laurel meets a delightful man named Floyd at a café, their chemistry develops quickly, so much that she soon finds herself meeting his daughters.

Poppy, Floyd’s youngest daughter, however has striking similarities to Ellie, which only leaves Laurel with more questions than answers.

What really happened to Ellie?

Did she run away or did something terrible happen to her?

And who really is Floyd?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1501154652
Publisher: Atria Books
Watching You

You have just returned home after working overseas for four years.

You however aren’t alone, as you now have a new husband.

Although you want to get your own place, you decide to temporarily live in your older brother’s spare room.

Then you cross paths with the guy next door.

The head master at the neighboring school, he is incredibly handsome despite being double your age.

Before you know it, your new guilty pleasure is staring at him

But unbeknownst to you is the fact that your new crush could have a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1501190087
Publisher: Atria Books
The Family Upstairs

Upon come home from work not long after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones receives a life-changing letter.

On top of unmasking the identity of her real parents, it turns out that she is also the only heir of their deserted mansion in the lavish Chelsea neighborhood in London, on the banks of River Thames.

Although her life is about to change, other figures have also been yearning for this day.

Twenty-five years ago, a baby was found in her bedroom in 16 Cheyne Walk.

Downstairs lay three lifeless remains all dressed in black, and a scribbled note.

The house has some sinister secrets.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1501190117
Publisher: Atria Books
Invisible Girl

Saffyre Maddox notices a vacuum in her life after celebrated child psychologist Roan Fours, who she spent three years with her, ends their sessions.

Feeling lonely, she desperately launches a quest to connect with him; learning shocking secrets in the process that makes her mysteriously vanish.

Owen Pick now lives in his aunt’s house after losing his teaching job on the grounds of sexual malpractice—something he continues to deny.

Desperate for professional advice online, Owen ends up meeting an enigmatic figure on the internet.

Given Owen’s somewhat frightening nature, is he truly guilty?

What happened to Saffyre?

And how are they all entwined in Saffyre’s disappearance?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1780899237
Publisher: Atria Books

Ralph's Party

Ralph's Party

Ralph, a terrible artist, suddenly notices that he has feelings for his new flatmate Jem, the liveliest and most reasonable girl he has ever met.

The only problem is that Jem’s heart belongs to Smith—Ralph's best friend.

Smith however still has his eyes on the tempting Cheri, who lives upstairs.

Meanwhile, Karl and Siobhan, who live in the same apartment, are no longer blissfully married.

Things however take an unexpected turn when Karl, who gets an amazing job as a London DJ, gets drawn to Cheri.

These six residents of the London brownstone, who are entangled in a love web, will finally unravel their real destinies in Ralph's party.

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0452281639
Publisher: Plume
After the Party

When Jem and Ralph fell hard for each other some eleven years ago, they were convinced that their love would last forever—that they would live together happily ever after.

But when two suddenly became four, swiftly converting an apartment into a house, romantic date nights suddenly became sleepless nights.

And it didn’t take long for them to learn that life is never a bed of roses.

Right now, two people who seemed destined to be with each other forever are gradually growing alienated.

Although they attempt to get back to what they once were, they face never-ending obstructions.

Will Jem and Ralph manage to rekindle their love?

Author: Lisa Jewell
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1451609103
Publisher: Atria Books