Marie Joseph was born in Lancashire, England, and was educated at Blackburn High School for Girls. Before her marriage she was in the Civil Service.

She began to write at the age of 40, and after a very successful career as a short-story writer went on to write novels, sheuses her Northern background to enrich her bestselling novels. No less than five of her Lancashire based novels have been short-listed for the Romantic Novelist's Association Award during the past few years, and in 1983, Gemini Girls was runner-up. Her novel: A Better World Than This won the 1987 Romantic Novelist's Association Major Award. Down-to-earth characters bring a vivid authenticity to her stories, which were written with both humour and poignancy.

She now lives in Middlesex with her husband, a retired chartered Engineer, and they have two married daughters and eight grandchildren.

Book List in Order:25 titles

  • Kids, ages 9 to 12, get ready to meet your new heroes in the exciting first book of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series!World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remai...


  • From the bestselling author Marie Joseph, this is a collection of some of her most outstanding short stories, previously published in magazines in the 60s and 70s and follows her volumes WHEN LOVE WAS LIKE THAT and THE WAY WE WERE. Written with compa...



  • A collection of short stories previously published in magazines. Romantic, nostalgic, but tinged with irony and humour, it reflects the themes of love and how it used to be. This companion volume to "When Love was Like That" includes stories that dea...


  • It is New Year's Eve 1936 when Wesley Battersby leaves his pretty wife Amy to go and live with Clara Marsden. Ashamed and frightened, Amy struggles with loneliness and hardship while Wesley is spending his money on buying the love of the flighty Clar...


  • Here in a specially chosen edition are three of Marie Joseph's best-loved novels. GEMINI GIRLS: Libby and Carrie were more than sisters. Mirror images, they were different sides of the same heart, impossible to separate or divide. Until they both ...


  • A collection of short stories, which originally appeared in magazines in the 1960s and 1970s. These stories come from the earlier work of the novelist and the common link in these short stories is one of nostalgia, as characters realise that love can...


  • Set in Lancashire in 1901. Annie Clancy's father hates her - but why? She slaves to keep house for him and her five younger brothers, keeping the family going on a few shillings a week, unloved, uncherished frequently knocked senseless. Then Laurie Y...


  • It is 1947. The war is over, but life is still very harsh. Daisy and Joshua Penny have been married for two years and have two children. Conditions are harsh and life is not easy. Just as it seems they may find lasting happiness, Joshua dies and Dais...






  • Brief romantic encounters that sparkle with humour and poignancy. Meet Maggie and Don, the conventional married couple, whose lives are dramatically interrupted by the arrival of Beth, Maggie's beautiful but impulsive friend... Anne, the plain and pr...


  • In a small Lancashire cotton town in the 1930s, Daisy Bell dreams her life away. At twenty-six, still a spinster and heiress to her mother's potato pie shop, she's resigned to a lonely old age. But toiling over the bake-house fire she dreams of a bet...


  • Lancashire in the early 1900s was a place of poverty and hardship, where singing was for church and life was for getting on with. But Clara's unbreakable spirit and passion for music made her shine against the bleakness of that life. A saga about inn...


  • Origintal title: The Clogger's Child. Lancashire in the early 1900s was a place of poverty and hardship, where singing was for church and life was for getting on with. But Clara's unbreakable spirit and passion for music made her shine against the...


  • During the height of the Depression, young Lisa Logan takes a job in a fabric store, and her talent of color, line, and design lead her to the heights of the fashion and design world Lisa Logan was still a girl when she learned that it was a man's...


  • Polly married Harry Pilgrim out of love. A love, she believed, that would meet every test that life could make. But a girl in love cannot always see what the future will bring...S he had never had an easy life. But then when it seemed that the worst ...


  • A romantic wartime saga which tells of love and loss, divided families and shifting loyalties. On a bombing mission over Germany, David Turner's thoughts are with Sally Barnes in Liverpool. Deaf since childhood, Sally is young and vulnerable and D...


  • It was a small Lancashire town on the eve of the General Strike. A town where the gap between the rich and poor was about to erupt into a bloody field of battle. To look at, Libby and Carrie Peel were identical twins. Libby's rebellious personality h...


  • Emma Sparrow was a woman of unbreakable spirit and quiet pride, and nothing - neither the drabness of her life nor the boredom of her job - could stop her from reaching for the stars... But Emma's happiness lay with Simon Martin, and Simon was the bo...


  • A romantic saga set in 19th century England, following the life and loves of a young girl from the backstreets of a Lancashire industrial town. They lived worlds apart. Jenny was the girl from the cat-meat shop, born into squalor and defeat. Paul ...


  • At the turn of the century, the North of England was a hard, bleak world. A world where joy and love were the words in someone else's book - where men were resigned and women oppressed. Strong-willed and spirited, rebellious and beautiful, Maggie Cra...



  • In the grim years of the Depression a Lancashire mill-town is divided between the haves and the have-nots; between families such as the mill-owning Boltons and the mill-working Armstrongs. But Dorothy Bolton is determined to cross that chasm and risk...


  • Emma Danton, marrying almost straight from school, goes to live in Lancashire with Mervyn, her husband, a potential bank manager. They share their house with Mervyn's sister Pat, an ex-nurse who is recovering from a nervous breakdown, a strange po...


    • / Action Adventure
    • Buy Buy

    Adventure story about two children called Joanna and Jimmy....


    • / General Fiction
    • Buy Buy

    The sound of the gunshot echoed through the alleyway. That night, Beatriz Cardoso Madeira did not realize that the murder of her former lover would become the catalyst of a war between the Delgado and Madeira cartels, nor did she realize her daughter...