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Susan Howatch (born 14 July 1940) is an author. Her writing career has been distinguished by family saga-type novels which describe the lives of related characters for long periods of time. Her later books have also become known for their religious and philosophical themes.

Born Susan Elizabeth Sturt in Leatherhead, Surrey, England, she was the daughter of a stockbroker, and went to school at Sutton High School. An only child, her father was killed during World War II, but she has described her childhood as a happy one.

She obtained a degree in law from the King's College London in 1961. During 1964, she emigrated to the United States, where she worked as a secretary in New York City. She married Joseph Howatch, a sculptor and writer, that year and began her career as a writer, finding success almost immediately with her intricately detailed gothic novels.A daughter was born to the couple in 1971. Upon separating from her husband in 1975, Howatch returned to England, then lived in the Republic of Ireland from 1976-80 before moving back to England permanently during 1980.

Her first novel was The Dark Shore, published during 1965.She published several other "gothic" novels before she published the first of her family sagas Penmarric (1971), which details the fortunes and disputes of the Penmar family in Cornwall during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An important theme of the story is how the mansion of Penmarric becomes controlled by various branches of the family. The family fortune was made in the Cornish tin mining industry, which is discussed throughout one of the six parts, each with a different character as narrator. As made clear by the chapter headings, the fortunes of the family closely parallel the Plantagenet family, including Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, with the mansion representing the throne.Howatch followed a similar theme in her vast saga, The Wheel of Fortune, where the story of the Godwin family of Oxmoon in Gower, South Wales is in fact a re-creation in a modern form of the story of the Plantagenet family of Edward III of England, the modern characters created from those of his eldest son Edward of Woodstock (The Black Prince) and his wife Joan of Kent, John of Gaunt and his mistress and then wife, Katherine Swynford, Richard II (son of Edward of Woodstock), Henry IV (son of John of Gaunt) and Henry IV's eldest son King Henry V. Again the mansion represents the throne.She also wrote three other family sagas, Cashelmara(which focuses on the family of Edward I (Edward DeSalis), his son, Edward II (Patrick De Salis) and others. and The Rich Are Different followed by its sequel, The Sins of the Fathers, both of which combine to tell the story, in America' s financial industry, of Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and Octavian.

After her return to England in 1980, Howatch found herself "rich, successful, and living exactly where I wanted to live," but feeling a spiritual emptiness which she ascribed to "trying to hold my divided self together" and questioning her life and what she should do with it.She had settled in Salisbury out of love for the beauty of the town, but found herself increasingly drawn to Salisbury Cathedral; eventually she began to study Anglican Christianity in earnest. She experienced a spiritual epiphany, and concluded that she should continue to write novels, but to "set forth my discoveries in the light of faith, no matter how feeble and inadequate my beginner's faith was." This personal turning point culminated in Howatch's most successful and popular works, the Starbridge series.

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Total Books: 239
The Rich Are Different
2013 - The Rich Are Different (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781476738444
ISBN-10: 1476738440
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

2012 - Cashelmara (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451686425
ISBN-10: 1451686420
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance

2011 - Penmarric (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451683646
ISBN-10: 1451683642
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

Wheel of Fortune
2011 - Wheel of Fortune (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451683660
ISBN-10: 1451683669
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Sins of the Fathers
2011 - Sins of the Fathers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781451683653
ISBN-10: 1451683650
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance

The Rich Are Different Library Edition
2007 - The Rich Are Different Library Edition (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780786194032
ISBN-10: 0786194030
Genres: Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

Tales of Murder and Mystery The Shrouded Walls April's Grave The Devil on Lammas Night
TheRich are Different by Howatch Susan  ON Apr-06-2006 Paperback
2006 - Therich Are Different By Howatch Susan on Apr-06-2006 Paperback [Author] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751538229
ISBN-10: 0751538221

April's Grave
2005 - April's Grave (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780751533910
ISBN-10: 0751533912
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Shrouded Walls
2005 - The Shrouded Walls (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780751533934
ISBN-10: 0751533939
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Heartbreaker  A Novel
2005 - The Heartbreaker a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345466280
ISBN-10: 0345466284
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

Absolute Truths Library Edition
2005 - Absolute Truths Library Edition (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780786178841
ISBN-10: 0786178841
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

The Wheel of Fortune
2005 - The Wheel of Fortune (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780751535617
ISBN-10: 0751535613
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

The Heartbreaker
2004 - The Heartbreaker (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781400041473
ISBN-10: 1400041473
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

The Wonder Worker
2004 - The Wonder Worker (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751535709
ISBN-10: 0751535702
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The High Flyer
2004 - The High Flyer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751535853
ISBN-10: 0751535850
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Sins of the Father Library Edition
2004 - Sins of the Father Library Edition (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780786126644
ISBN-10: 0786126647
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Passion noire
2003 - Passion Noire (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782253173199
ISBN-10: 2253173193

2003 - Heartbreaker (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751535365
ISBN-10: 0751535362
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Dark Shore The Waiting Sands and Call in the Night Susan Howatch Omnibus
2003 - The Dark Shore the Waiting Sands and Call in the Night Susan Howatch Omnibus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751535129
ISBN-10: 0751535125
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

The Dark Shore
2003 - The Dark Shore (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780751533101
ISBN-10: 0751533106
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

1996 - Glittering Images [Church of England] (Paperback)
1996 - Scandalous Risks [Starbridge, Bk 4] (Paperback)
1996 - Ultimate Prizes [Starbridge, Bk 3] (Paperback)
1996 - Glamorous Powers [Church of England] (Paperback)
1993 - Mystical Paths [Starbridge, Bk 5] (Paperback)
1993 - Mystical Paths a Novel [G.K. Hall Large Print Book] (Hardcover)
1991 - Scandalous Risks [Starbridge, Bk 4] (Paperback)
1989 - Glamorous Powers [Church of England, Bk 2] (Paperback)
1988 - Glittering Images [Starbridge, Bk 1] (Paperback)
Ultimate Prizes [Church of England, Bk 3] (Paperback)