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Gill Paul is a Scottish bestselling author of historical fiction, historical romance and non-fiction novels.

Born and raised in Scotland for the most part, Gill did Medicine at Glasgow University, and later English Literature and History, before relocating to London where she worked in publishing.

Her books, which have been translated into twenty languages, have made it to the top of the USA Today, Toronto Globe & Mail and UK kindle charts.

Although she only pursued her passion for writing on weekends, Gill has since resigned from her day job, and now works as a full-time fiction writer.

A number of her historical novels put the scope on real women whom she believes have been marginalized or misjudged by historians.

Gill currently lives and works in London.

More about Gill Paul

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Non-fiction

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Enticement (2000)
  • Compulsion (2001)
  • Women and Children First (2012)
  • The Secret Affair (2013)
  • The Secret Wife (2016)
  • Another Woman's Husband (2017)
  • The Lost Daughter (2018)
  • Jackie and Maria (2020)
  • The Collector's Daughter (2021)
  • The Manhattan Girls (2022)
  • A Beautiful Rival (2023)


  1. Love, Maybe? (2015)

Florence Nightingale

  1. No Place For A Lady (2015)


  1. The Fantastic Home Maintenance Manual (2006)
  2. Detox (2007)
  3. Collins Gem 48-Hour Detox: Quick-Fix Plans for Healthy Weight Loss (2008)
  4. The Little Book of Calorie Burning (2008)
  5. Titanic Love Stories (2011)
  6. World War I Love Stories (2014)
  7. World War II Love Stories (2014)
  8. Hollywood Love Stories (2014)
  9. Rock 'n' Roll Love Stories (2014)
  10. Royal Love Stories (2015)
  11. Perfect Detox (2017)


  1. We Sink or Swim Together (2015)
Florence Nightingale

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Jenny is the director of a London publishing company, a self-contained, independent and successful woman. She is completely unprepared for the exciting adventure she embarks on when she meets the handsome Marc at a party, and impulsively accompanies him to his family home in France. The setting is perfect, the sex fantastic...It seems like the beginning of something amazing, even if Marc seems to be nursing secrets. Then, on the way home from a perfect evening, in the middle of the French countryside, he simply vanishes.

Jenny can only return to England alone. But she cannot stop thinking of Marc and soon she is obsessed with his disappearance. Where is he and why did he abandon her? Before long Jenny is on a dangerous trail that will lead her towards a terrifying revelation...

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0340766682
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Dr Nicola Drew has always had very strong insights into the health of her patients. She can tell at a glance if women are pregnant before they know themselves, and she seems to sense instinctively whether critically ill patients are going to live or die. But she detects no warning signs whatsoever when her artist fiancé dumps her in a very dramatic, public and humiliating way, three weeks before they were due to go to Indonesia together to work for his father.

Unable to change her contract, Nicola has to fly to Jakarta on her own, still devastated by her relationship breakup and with no idea why her fiancé behaved quite so cruelly.

She lands in a city where big changes are taking place. The currency is collapsing, pro-democracy riots are springing up and the job she has been hired to do in a city center clinic is not all it seems...

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0340766705
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Women and Children First

It is 1912. Against all odds, the Titanic is sinking.

As desperate hands emerge from the icy water, a few lucky row boats float in the darkness. On the boats are four survivors.

Reg, a handsome young steward working in the first-class dining room; Annie, an Irishwoman travelling to America with her children; Juliet, a titled English lady who is pregnant and unmarried, and George, a troubled American millionaire.

In the wake of the tragedy, each of these people must try to rebuild their lives.

But how can life ever be the same again when you’ve heard over a thousand people dying in the water around you?

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0008271503
Publisher: Avon
The Secret Affair

Rome, 1961. As the cameras roll on Cleopatra, the world is transfixed by the love affair emerging between Hollywood’s biggest stars: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

But on the film set, tensions are running high. The money is running out, and a media storm is brewing over the Taylor-Burton relationship.

When historical advisor Diana Bailey starts work on the film, she wants nothing more than to escape from her own troubled marriage and start anew.

But as the heady world of Hollywood envelops her, secrets begin to emerge in the cast and crew. Is everything as it seems? And what really hides beneath the glamour of the famous film?

NB: This book is also known as The Affair.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B075MVRT85
Publisher: Avon
The Secret Wife


Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger...


Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jeweled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret...

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008102142
Publisher: Avon
Another Woman's Husband

"Two women who challenged the Crown. Divided by time. Bound by a secret..."

1911: When fifteen-year-old Mary Kirk meets Wallis Warfield at summer camp, she’s immediately captivated by her fearless, brazen, and self-assured personality. And Wallis has a way with the boys who are drawn to her like moths to a flame. Though Mary’s family isn’t crazy about her new best friend, she steadfastly stands by her side—even years later when they’re adults and rumors swirl about Wallis and her reckless behavior with none other than the Prince of Wales. But when Mary’s loyalty to Wallis comes into question, their friendship will be put to the ultimate test.

1997: After a romantic proposal in Paris, Rachel and her fiancé Alex are in a cab when suddenly the car ahead crashes. They’re stunned to learn Princess Diana is in the car. By the wreckage, Alex finds a heart pendant with an engraved letter “J” and Roman numerals XVII and gives it to Rachel to hold. Haunted by the crash and Diana’s subsequent death, Rachel is intrigued when she discovers that Di had visited the last home of Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the accident. Eventually, the revelation of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world...

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062843265
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Lost Daughter

1918: Pretty, vivacious Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, the nineteen-year-old daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas II, lives with her family in suffocating isolation, a far cry from their once-glittering royal household. Her days are a combination of endless boredom and paralyzing fear; her only respite are clandestine flirtations with a few of the guards imprisoning the family—never realizing her innocent actions could mean the difference between life and death

1973: When Val Doyle hears her father’s end-of-life confession, “I didn’t want to kill her,” she’s stunned. So, she begins a search for the truth—about his words and her past. The clues she discovers are baffling—a jewel-encrusted box that won’t open and a camera with its film intact. What she finds out pulls Val into one of the world’s greatest mysteries—what truly happened to the Grand Duchess Maria?

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0062843272
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Jackie and Maria

"The President's Wife; a Glamorous Superstar; the rivalry that shook the world..."

Jackie Kennedy was beautiful, sophisticated, and contemplating leaving her ambitious young senator husband. Life in the public eye with an overly ambitious--and unfaithful―man who could hardly be coaxed to return from a vacation after the birth of a stillborn child was breaking her spirit. So when she's offered a holiday on the luxurious yacht owned by billionaire Ari Onassis, she says a meeting that will ultimately change her life.

Maria Callas is at the height of her operatic career and widely considered to be the finest soprano in the world. And then she's introduced to Aristotle Onassis, the world’s richest man and her fellow Greek. Stuck in a childless, sexless marriage, and with pressures on all sides from opera house managers and a hostile press, she finds her life being turned upside down by this hyper-intelligent and impeccably charming man...

Little by little, Maria’s and Jackie’s lives begin to overlap, and they come closer and closer until everything they know about the world changes on a dime.  

NB: This book is also known as The Second Marriage.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062952493
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Collector's Daughter

Lady Evelyn Herbert was the daughter of the Earl of Carnarvon, brought up in stunning Highclere Castle. Popular and pretty, she seemed destined for a prestigious marriage, but she had other ideas. Instead, she left behind the world of society balls and chaperones to travel to the Egyptian desert, where she hoped to become a lady archaeologist, working alongside her father and Howard Carter in the hunt for an undisturbed tomb.

In November 1922, their dreams came true when they discovered the burial place of Tutankhamun, packed full of gold and unimaginable riches, and she was the first person to crawl inside for three thousand years. She called it the “greatest moment” of her life—but soon afterwards everything changed, with a string of tragedies that left her world a darker, sadder place.

Newspapers claimed it was “the curse of Tutankhamun,” but Howard Carter said no rational person would entertain such nonsense. Yet fifty years later, when an Egyptian academic came asking questions about what really happened in the tomb, it unleashed a new chain of events that seemed to threaten the happiness Eve had finally found.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0063079861
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Manhattan Girls

NEW YORK CITY 1921: The war is over, fashions are daring, and bootleg liquor is abundant. Here four extraordinary women form a bridge group that grows into a firm friendship.

Dorothy Parker: renowned wit, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and more fragile than she seems. Jane Grant: first female reporter for the New York Times, and determined to launch a new magazine she calls The New Yorker. Winifred Lenihan: beautiful and talented Broadway actress, a casting-couch target. And Peggy Leech: magazine assistant by day, brilliant novelist by night.

Their romances flourish and falter while their goals sometimes seem impossible to reach and their friendship deepens against the backdrop of turbulent New York City, where new speakeasies open and close, jazz music flows through the air, and bathtub gin fills their glasses.

They gossip, they comfort each other, and they offer support through the setbacks. But their biggest challenge is keeping their dear friend Dottie safe from herself.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0063161757
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
A Beautiful Rival

Who would have guessed that the business of making women beautiful was so cutthroat?

They could have been allies: two self-made millionaires who invented a global industry, in an era when wife and mother were supposed to be the highest goals for their sex. Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein each founded empires built on grit and determination…and yet they became locked in a feud spanning three continents, two world wars, and the Great Depression.

Brought up in poverty, Canadian-born Elizabeth Arden changed popular opinion, persuading women from all walks of life ­to buy skincare products that promised them youth and beauty. Helena Rubinstein left her native Poland, and launched her company with scientific claims about her miracle creams made with anti-ageing herbs.

And when it came to business, nothing was off-limits: poaching each other’s employees, copying each other’s products, planting spies, hiring ex-husbands, and one-upping each other every chance they had. This was a rivalry from which there was no surrender! And through it all were two women, bold, brazen, and determined to succeed—no matter the personal cost.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0063245112
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks


Love, Maybe?

From heart-wrenching proposals to naughty little Chihuahuas; unexpected secret pregnancies to wicked love-potions; serendipitous brief encounters that change the hands of fate to bitter ghostly beauties who haunt loveless singletons. This is the ultimate Valentine’s Day short story collection. Tear-jerking, enchanting, feel-good and fabulous… Curl up, relax and escape into Valentine’s Day.


It’s the afternoon before the Lusitania docks. Tragedy strikes. Will love survive?


Kate wishes she could turn back time to her 21st, in the arms of her childhood sweetheart. Be careful what you wish for …


William accepts Samuel’s proposal of marriage, but discovers that Sam has been hiding a secret. And it’s one that will change their lives forever…

THE LOVE POTION: The Vengeful One

When a pharmacist discovers her boyfriend's infidelity, she cooks up a Valentine's feast he won’t forget…


Searching for a Chihuahua called Cupid, PI Jayne McCartney discovers love comes with a bite!

SNOW ON VALENTINE’S DAY: The Bittersweet One

Clara goes to the same landmark every year, for the same heartbreaking reason. But what if things change?


Rachel has a secret. Daniel has a diamond ring. When a storm traps the two strangers together, destiny changes.

SAVING MIRANDA: The Serendipitous One

Dynamic Rufus and his desire to save the planet has won Miranda’s heart, but is he really her perfect match?


Does the new tenant have what it takes to break the spell of the three loveless ghosts at No.17?


Ousted by her teenage son’s Valentine’s plans, Jenny has no idea how to spend the most romantic night of the year…

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00SS45A1O
Publisher: Avon

Florence Nightingale

No Place For A Lady

The year is 1854, and Britain is in the grip of a gruesome war. Dorothea Gray has not seen her little sister Lucy since she eloped with the handsome Captain Charlie Harvington and set sail for the Crimea.

Now, as the war worsens and the battlefields darken with blood, Dorothea must risk everything to find her sister and join Florence Nightingale in the Crimean hospitals, nursing the injured soldiers back to health. But the young Lucy is fighting her own battles, and not everyone wants to be found…

Against the backdrop of one of history’s most heartbreaking wars, can these two sisters find their way back to each other? Or will tragedy intervene?

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0008271497
Publisher: Avon


The Fantastic Home Maintenance Manual

"The Fantastic Home Maintenance Manual" is the perfect book for readers who really hate DIY. It's the story of how clumsy Kevin Klutz is transformed into plaid-clad god Captain Competent, the DIY daredevil who can align shelves with just a steady gaze.

Kevin's secret resides in his toolbelt of power and when he dons it his inner Captain emerges and he knows exactly what to do and how to do it. Luckily for the rest of us mere mortals, Kevin's amazing adventures in DIY are now featured in this easy-to-read comic strip format.

Covering everything from electrical basics to fabulous flat packs, "The Fantastic Home Maintenance Manual" offers a perpetual flood of hints and tips, in simple step-by-step stages, including: Captain's Basics, Easy Fixes, Flatpack Fiend, Plumbing, Decorating. Mike Lawrence has written or contributed to over 50 successful DIY books. Gill Paul is a published novelist and has written non-fiction books on many subjects.

NB: Co-authored with Mike Lawrence.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1845131586
Publisher: AURUM PRESS

This one-stop practical guide will show you how to get your body back on track. To make your progress easier, it comes in a handy format with color photos and expert advice throughout.

Alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, sugar, salt, wheat and dairy as well as pollution inside and out are all toxins and can wear your body down after a while.

When you have a toxin overload, your body has to work extra hard to maintain its natural health, and this can materialize into illnesses that won't go away, bloatedness, and general weariness.

This book explains the science behind detoxing and how to achieve a successful detox which is right for you. The guide includes:

1. What is detoxing?

2. Why detox?

3. Your body's natural detox system

4. Self-assessment to decide on the right plan for you

5. Principles of detox diets

6. Preparing for detox

7. Detox plans

8. Detox recipes

9. Exercises

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0007202249
Publisher: Harper Collins
Collins Gem 48-Hour Detox: Quick-Fix Plans for Healthy Weight Loss

Packed full of quick-fix detox plans for instant weight loss this pocket guide gives all the advice you need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated in just two days.

Whether detoxing for the first time, or adopting it as an approach to life, this is the perfect portable guide to finding a detox plan that works for you and ridding your body and lifestyle of toxins. In just 48 hours, it's possible to kick-start a sluggish system, lose weight and improve the look of your skin.

With a variety of 48-hour detox plans to choose from it's easy to pick a regime that fits into your life. Each plan includes delicious recipes and menus to help you lose pounds. Shopping lists and storecupboard must-have items are also included, making this the ideal book to slip into your handbag for quick and speedy reference.

Up-to-date information on detox aids and therapies as well as useful addresses and a section on taking your detox beyond the 48-hours makes this book a great one-stop guide to safe and easy detoxing.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0007266586
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Little Book of Calorie Burning

A quirky guide to counting the calories as they come off, through ways you may never have considered possible

Exactly how long would you have to kiss in order to burn off a bottle of beer? Or how long would you have to argue with someone to burn off a Mars bar?

From playing ping-pong to having sex (at different levels of intensity!), this little guide contains over 100 activities and their calorie-burning powers. For instance, have you ever thought about the calories you burn simply by eating and digesting?

Activities are arranged A-Z and show the calories burned for four different weights (yes, sadly the heavier you are, the more calories you'll burn even when asleep). Each entry also gives an example food, telling you how long you must do that activity to burn it off.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0007251988
Publisher: Harper Collins
Titanic Love Stories

The sinking of the RMS Titanic was a tragedy for all the 1,517 people who died, but the accounts of 13 brides and grooms who joined the ship to celebrate their honeymoons are notably moving. Titanic Love Stories uncovers all the poignant detail behind the contemporary headlines.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2011
Publisher: Ivy Press
World War I Love Stories

1914 saw the beginning of a war that would be fought around the world—the start of four years of relentless fighting, which would lead to the deaths of 17 million men, women, and children. The global conflict would destroy families and change lives forever.

World War I Love Stories tells the unforgettable stories of lovers brought together or torn apart by the Great War. These are tales of romance and sometimes great tragedy, but most of all they are tales of enduring love at a time when the world was full of horror.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00S1803Q4
Publisher: Ivy Press
World War II Love Stories

The Second World War played havoc with millions of lives, and all over the world lovers were pulled apart, often just as their stories together were beginning. World War II Love Stories tells the tales of 14 very different couples.

- Moving, real-life love stories from the greatest conflict in recent history, with atmospheric photographs and ephemera for every couple.

- Includes the tales of couples who crossed class and country divides to be with one another – and tells what happened to them after the war.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2014
Publisher: Ivy Press
Hollywood Love Stories

From the earliest days of Hollywood, the pressures of fame led to a febrile atmosphere among its stars. The magic of the movies made audiences' pulses quicken, but what was really happening in the lives of the actors up on the silver screen? Hollywood Love Stories looks at 14 real-life love affairs across the golden age of the movies, from the 1920s to the 1970s, from Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2014
Publisher: Ivy Press
Rock 'n' Roll Love Stories

The music world has seen some of the most iconic partnerships of all time: Sonny and Cher, Mick and Marianne, Elvis and Priscilla, Ike and Tina.... Rock 'n' Roll Love Stories looks at 14 of the best, taking us from the 1950s all the way up to the early 2000s.

Along the way we see behind the public face of a whole range of relationships, from the straightforwardly romantic to the messily divided, and from the famous (and infamous) to those that were played out below the radar of public opinion.

Engaging, vibrant, and full of detail, Rock ’n’ Roll Love Stories comes imbued with the energy and spirit of the music world over the last half century.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00ZI8MC9Q
Publisher: Ivy Press
Royal Love Stories

This book is full of surprises, from the "undying love" that the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, felt for his Tsarina, to the unlikely love that flourished between Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Amongst them, too, are less happy loves - of Crown Prince Rudolph for his 17-year-old lover, Countess Mary Vetsera, or, in the 1940s, of the Prince of Sweden, refused consent to marry the girl he loved - she only became his princess over 30 years later. Bringing the reader right up to modern times, and touching, absorbing, and tragic by turns, these stories bring the glamour and the contradictions of royalty vividly to life.

With the letters, personal accounts, and memorabilia that tell the real tales behind the contemporary headlines.

NB: Co-authored with Camilla Tominey.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00WGQM568
Publisher: Ivy Press
Perfect Detox

Perfect Detox is the ideal companion for anyone who wants to give their system a spring clean. Covering everything from 24-hour cleanses to full 30-day programmes, it gives step-by-step guidance on choosing the right detox plan and helpful advice to ensure that you get the full range of nutrients every day. With a unique A-Z listing that includes nutritional information about over 100 detox superfoods, Perfect Detox has everything you need to revive and rejuvenate yourself.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1847945488
Publisher: Random House


We Sink or Swim Together

"It was a matter of life and death…"

7 May 1915

Gerda Nielsen is on her way from Brooklyn to Liverpool aboard the ill-fated Lusitania.

Jack Walsh is returning to England to take up a post helping the war effort.

As he and Gerda spend more and more time onboard together they realize that each has found someone very special.

It’s the afternoon before they dock in Liverpool, and tragedy strikes. As the torpedoed ship lists to one side Jack and Gerda must make frightening decisions that become a matter of life or death…

A beautiful, romantic and moving tale based on a tragic true story.

Author: Gill Paul
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00STKB7WS
Publisher: Avon