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Lisa Ballantyne


Lisa Ballantyne

In July 2011, Lisa Ballantyne was overseas on business when her debut novel was submitted to publishers. She returned to Glasgow to hear that she had been offered a deal with top UK publisher Little, Brown.

"I just couldn’t believe it. I had recently returned from a business trip and it was a lovely sunny day and I was standing on the grass surrounded by students sunbathing, hearing this most incredible news."

Months later, Lisa was helping to organize a large-scale international event at work when she heard news from the Frankfurt Book Fair that THE GUILTY ONE had become a runaway success, with Little, Brown negotiating a huge number of international rights deals.

"When we got the US deal, I was standing on a dark railway platform by myself, headed home. Again, I just couldn’t believe it was happening."

Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and was educated at Armadale Academy and University of St Andrews where she studied English Literature. She spent most of her 20s in China, working in international development, education and latterly for small English and Chinese magazines. She speaks Mandarin. She returned to the UK in 2002, to work in higher education, most recently for University of Glasgow. She lives in Glasgow. This is her first novel.

Lisa Ballantyne

Books by Lisa Ballantyne

by Lisa Ballantyne - Family, Fiction, Mystery

Margaret Holloway is driving home, but her mind is elsewhere when she's rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something's wrong. She's having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that had been wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn't merely forget --- she chose to forget.

by Lisa Ballantyne - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Solicitor Daniel Hunter is called to defend 11-year-old Sebastian, who has been charged with the murder of a young boy on a London playground. While examining Sebastian’s life in order to save it, Daniel can’t help but be transported to his own difficult youth spent in foster care --- a time when the one he trusted the most was the one who betrayed him.