October 2020 ... Retribution Review

I'm not entirely sure where September went, but I think most of it has been spent editing and redrafting my third book in the trilogy (as yet untitled).  It's always tempting to think that when you've finished the first draft, that's it. The job is done. But it's rarely the case. Fortunately, I have an excellent editor who has been helping me in this "grand oeuvre" and in a few weeks' time it should be up-to-scratch and ready for proofing.

So, I was much encouraged to read a lovely review of Retribution, my second book in the trilogy. It came from Gill Kaye, Editor of Ingenue, a beautiful magazine which focuses on creative talent around the country. You can read the review here and take a look at the magazine too. If you've not yet read Retribution, you can buy it here.

August 2020 ... Book Sales Update

As we are learning to adapt to our 'new normal', it seems our book buying habits are also being affected. It used to be that Amazon was the Mighty One - fast and reliable when supplying my books - but now it seems it will take them 1-2 months before they can supply. So, whilst the Kindle version is available as from them before, if you'd rather not wait quite so long, can I suggest one of these outlets instead?

  • Direct from my publishers, Troubador, by clicking either Three Round Towers or Retribution, or both!

  • Order from Waterstones or other good bookshops local to you so you can collect (and save postage)

  • If you are local to Lewes, then Sussex Stationers (01273 477481) also hold both books in stock. Last week one customer bought 6 copies to give to her friends. Thank you!

  • Direct from me, by emailing me at info@beverleyelphick.com.

I hope that helps until Amazon are back to the 'old normal'!

July 2020 ... Stop Press!

Lewes family: Son Hanged at Tyburn for Smuggling (1747)

When I published a list of real local smugglers in Retribution, one of whom

was named John Ashcraft of Bishopstone, I wondered if there might be members

of their families still to be found in the Lewes district today. Little did I expect

to hear from a family with such a dramatic and poignant history.

Click here to read the full story.


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Who am I?

My name is Beverley and I am the author of two historical novels set in Lewes, East Sussex, England, in the 1790's. I am currently writing a third book to complete the trilogy. The stories centre around the main character Esther, a young woman having to find her own way in life without family support or any financial means. Her life is tough and dangerous, but she is made of strong stuff, often showing true courage as well as compassion to overcome the cruel hand life has dealt her.

The titles of my books are Three Round Towers and Retribution. I will let you know the title of the third as soon as it emerges! Both my books are available to buy direct from the publishers, Troubador, or via Amazon. Simply click the relevant 'BUY IT' button on the images of my books to the right. 


If you live locally to me in East Sussex, both books are also available in Lewes at Sussex Stationers and Boon Books, both in the High Street. Obviously, at the moment these shops are closed, so online purchasing is your best option. Both are also available on Kindle, if you don't want to buy the physical copies.

I have been writing most of my life, but it wasn't until I retired that I decided to try a novel. Up until then, I wrote for the local press, penned whimsical articles including several seasons of pantomime scripts for my children's primary school, St Philips in Uckfield. The panto tradition continues to this day with Sara Cannon (who was one of the cast in an early script now writing and producing). Children that we performed to now take the leading roles! And of course I entertained my own children with stories from my imagination. 

In normal circumstances, I am available to do Talks, Book Signings and meet with Book Groups to discuss the novels, my characters, where I get my inspiration from and what might come next in the lives of my protagonists. I really enjoy hearing your views and thoughts about my books, so please do get in touch and let me know if you are interested in arranging an event. For now, I obviously can't do these events in person whilst we are in lockdown, but it might be possible to use online systems like Zoom if you'd like that idea. Let me know using the contact form below.

If you'd like to read a Preview from each of my novels, then just click on the 'Preview' button underneath the relevant book ... and enjoy! For detailed synopses of each book, continue scrolling down.

This is the first book where the story begins. 


ISBN 978-1-78306-420-5 (Matador) 2014


“An engaging tale of one young woman’s struggles against the prejudices, assumptions and deprivations of a grim and ruthless period of our history.”    (Rosemary Aitken)


In the first of her Esther Coad historical fiction trilogy, Beverley Elphick powerfully reimagines life in southern England in the late eighteenth century and a society at war with itself. In times of hardship and shortage, when vicious smugglers hold sway over the town of Lewes in East Sussex, a young servant on the run finds herself caught up in a web of resentment, family feuding and brutal acts of revenge. To double the trouble for Esther, can she turn her back on the abandoned baby in need of care?


‘You’re an evil woman and I wish you were hanged, just as you deserve.’


‘Aye, maybe I do deserve hanging, but you’m come from our seed, girl, and you’ll never know whether the badness is in you.’


I have been inspired by the landscapes around my home town of Lewes and have tried to bring a sense of time and place to highlight a turbulent period of history. I couldn't write a novel about Lewes without mentioning the bonfire traditions of that time.

Paperback £8.99; ebook £4.50 available via 'Buy It' button above.

Click here for Three Round Tower reviews .....

This is the second book in my unfolding trilogy. The final book is taking shape - watch this space.



ISBN 978-1-78901-581-2 (Matador) 2018

Following the success of Three Round Towers, Retribution follows the unfolding story of Esther in 18th Century Lewes.

Murder. Betrayal. Adventure. A Score That Must Be Settled.

A tale of twists and turns following the most unlikely of female leads.

‘How do you know my name?’ I asked… ‘We will come to that’ he said.

‘Do you think they meant to kill him?’


War between Britain, France and Spain forms the background to Beverley Elphick's much-anticipated second novel, Retribution. Our heroine Esther Coad is looking forward at last to starting a normal family life; but with the town under threat, and plagued by shadows from the past, can Esther reach her longed-for happy ever after?


This is the second instalment of Beverley Elphick’s trilogy set in the eighteenth century when smuggling is rife and a strong female voice rarely heard.


At the heart of the story is family; not always the one you are born with, but the one you carve out for yourself.

Paperback £9.99; ebook £4.50 available via 'Buy It' button above.

Click here for Retribution reviews .....

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Thank you for looking at my site and I hope you enjoy reading my books!

Beverley Elphick