After studying English Literature at Bristol University, I worked in publishing before deciding to write stories of my own. I've had about twenty-five books published for children and teens, including the popular 'Party Girls' series. I was inspired to write the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' trilogy partly by visits to beautiful old English country houses and partly by a silver housekeeper's chatelaine I found when clearing out my late father-in-law's flat. And who knows, maybe also by the clifftop boarding school I attended as a teenager, converted from a Victorian mansion with a sweeeping marble staircase and glass cases full of stuffed birds.
Now I live in London with my husband, two cats and a dog, and occasional visits from our grown-up sons. I'm currently writing another title in the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' series: 'Eugenie's Story', in which the Vyes' elder daughter embarks on the all-important task of finding a suitable husband.
Where to find Jennie Walters online
Swallowcliffe Hall 1893: Eugenie's Story
For ‘Downton Abbey’ fans: a new title in the popular Swallowcliffe Hall series! Here is the journal of Eugenie Vye: the prettiest debutante of the 1890 season – yet somehow three years later, still unmarried. Eugenie must find a husband before the season's out or be packed off to India. Told in her own inimitable style, this is an account of one unconventional Edwardian girl's search for love.
Swallowcliffe Hall 1939: Isobel's Story
In the final part of the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' trilogy, Isobel comes to the shell of this once-beautiful house with her gas mask in 1939, to stay with her grandmother Polly. Rumours of war are everywhere and it's an anxious time, especially for Andreas, a Jewish boy Izzie meets in the village who has escaped from Nazi Germany. Can she help his family find sanctuary at the Hall too?
Swallowcliffe Hall 1914: Grace's Story
'Downton Abbey' from the servants' perspective! It's 1914, and war is about to change the lives of the Vye family and their servants at Swallowcliffe Hall. The young men are going off to fight, while wounded soldiers arrive at the Hall to convalesce. Polly Perkins' daughter Grace, a reluctant kitchenmaid, may escape from the servants' hall, but can she ever find love beyond her social class?
Swallowcliffe Hall 1890: Polly's Story
For 'Downton Abbey' fans! Scandal, romance and intrigue in a grand English country house: Swallowcliffe Hall, home to the Vye family and their servants. As under-housemaid, Polly Perkins is expected to be seen and not heard, and nobody notices the quiet girl who cleans up after them. But soon Polly uncovers dark secrets lurking behind the Hall's elegant facade; secrets that will end in tragedy.