ABOUT OLIVIA HAYFIELD 

Welcome, Readers!


I’m Olivia Hayfield*, author of modern retellings of historical tales. 

I live in the beautiful subtropical city of Auckland, New Zealand, where you’re never more than ten minutes from a beach. Great reason to live here, and the perfect place to bring up a family, I thought, when I moved here with my husband. But I miss England – quite a lot. So I visit the homeland as often as I can … at least, I did until 2020 was unleashed! 

English history and landscapes inspire my writing, and I like to adopt the ‘full immersion’ method, which means spending time wandering round historic hotspots and hanging out in London cafes and pubs. I can highly recommend this as a writing routine.

When I’m not editing (my day job) or writing (most other waking minutes), I usually have my nose stuck in a history book, whether that’s fiction or non-fiction. I’m a big fan of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser – I read male authors’ takes on history too, but I enjoy the insight of female writers when it comes to historical characters and their relationships. And then I spend many an hour wondering what those characters would be like if they lived today. 

If you’d like news on my books, events, or just chit chat about my writing life, then please do sign up to my newsletter. I aim to make it fun, engaging, and brief!

Olivia Hayfield book cover of Sister to Sister
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*Actually, I’m not really. Between us, Olivia is a pseudonym. Like her characters, she is a reimagined version of the truth. If you were after that other author (older, less glamorous, not nearly as much fun), the one who writes children’s books and is also a book editor, you can visit her at www.suecopsey.com

olivia-hayfield-author-photograph

Welcome, readers!

I’m Olivia Hayfield*, author of modern retellings of historical tales. 

I live in the beautiful subtropical city of Auckland, New Zealand, where you’re never more than ten minutes from a beach. Great reason to live here, and the perfect place to bring up a family, I thought, when I moved here with my husband. But I miss England – quite a lot. So I visit the homeland as often as I can … at least, I did until 2020 was unleashed! 

English history and landscapes inspire my writing, and I like to adopt the ‘full immersion’ method, which means spending time wandering round historic hotspots and hanging out in London cafes and pubs. I can highly recommend this as a writing routine.

When I’m not editing (my day job) or writing (most other waking minutes), I usually have my nose stuck in a history book, whether that’s fiction or non-fiction. I’m a big fan of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser – I read male authors’ takes on history too, but I enjoy the insight of female writers when it comes to historical characters and their relationships. And then I spend many an hour wondering what those characters would be like if they lived today. 

If you’d like news on my books, events, or just chit chat about my writing life, then please do sign up to my newsletter. I aim to make it fun, engaging, and brief!

* Actually, I’m not. Between us, Olivia is a pseudonym. Like her characters, she is a reimagined version of the truth. If you were after that other author (older, less glamorous, not nearly as much fun), the one who writes children’s books and is also a book editor, you can visit her at www.suecopsey.com

Photograph of Olivia Hayfield Sister to Sister book cover

JUST OUT!

UK / AMAZON OR WATERSTONES – USA / AMAZON

AUSTRALIA / BOOKTOPIA –  CANADA / AMAZON

NEW ZEALAND / WOMEN’S BOOK SHOP

WIFE AFTER WIFE

A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII … if he were a twenty-first-century womanising media mogul rather than the King of England.

Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But in 2018, his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground. His business is in the spotlight – and not in a good way – and his love life is under scrutiny. Because behind a glittering curtain of lavish parties, gorgeous homes, and a media empire is a tale worthy of any tabloid.

And Harry has a lot to account for.

This will delight both Tudorphiles and readers who love a dishy tellall about rich people behaving badly.”

Booklist (American Library Association, Book Reviews)

“A near-perfect holiday read – a right royal romp, you might say  – but its clever conceit, engaging writing, endearing characters and, ultimately, witty social commentary make it near-perfect for any other time of the year.”

New Zealand Herald

Praise for Wife After Wife 

Wife After Wife is intelligent and witty, and although its main aim is to entertain, it runs a solid thread of social commentary about relationships and power over the past few decades.”

– The Listener

“ Brimming with drama, deceit, romance, tragedy and passion. It reminded me of Jilly Cooper or Jackie Collins at their best, except this book is designed for an audience with different attitudes from those of the 1980s.” – Woman’s Weekly 

“You don’t have to be a Tudor aficionado to adore Wife After Wife, however, those in the know will be especially delighted with this modern-day retelling of the six wives of Henry VIII. For all others, Hayfield’s clever novel is a delicious read for anyone looking to sink into a big juicy story about love, lust, betrayal and other unfortunate consequences of the heart.”

Renee Rosen
US bestselling author of
Park Avenue Summer

 

 SISTER TO SISTER

Following the scandalous revelations about his love life, disgraced media mogul Harry Rose is searching for redemption. His daughters – bright, winsome Eliza and dark, difficult Maria – have taken over the helm at Rose Corp. But while Eliza’s on study leave at Oxford, Maria embarks on a drive to rid the British media giant of sleaze. His legacy under threat, Harry wants Maria out and Eliza in. But hanging between Harry and Eliza is the unresolved death of Eliza’s mother.

Eliza has a vision for Rose Corp. Along with Will Bardington and Kit Marley, enfants terribles of the arts world, she plans a new golden age of British TV drama. But Maria is standing in her way. And then there’s the distraction of her childhood playmate, the twinkly-eyed Rob Studley, and a new threat, from Eliza’s thorn-in-the-side Scottish cousin.

Guided by Harry, Eliza navigates life as Rose Corp’s new queen. But after a stellar start, things take a dark turn, and ultimately Eliza will have to make a choice: career, or love? It shouldn’t be this hard. 

Loosely based on the reigns of Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth, Sister to Sister is the sequel to Wife After Wife.

Praise for Sister to Sister 

“Even if you’re not an aficionado of Tudor history, there is lots to love in this racy romp about the lives of the rich and fabulous. The historical factor is fun though, and adds another layer to an addictively readable novel … if you’re a fan of Jilly Cooper or something of a history buff, then you’re really not going to want to miss out.” – Woman’s Weekly

 “The skill of Hayfield in creating a believable modern storyline that maintains the essence of the historical characters and events makes this book more than simply a light-hearted version of the television show Succession. … in a turbulent summer, Sister to Sister is the perfect escape. ” – The Listener

 “The ingenious way Hayfield re-casts and contemporises the Tudor court gives her a chance to have some fun but there remain perceptive observations of modern life, from the influence of the religious right to the relationship problems caused by family dysfunction … an amusing, smart and oddly thought-provoking read with glamour and great heart.”

– Kete: New Books from Aotearoa

A must-read for history buffs.” – Woman’s Day

 “A fun and entertaining read, more than perfect for lock down life. If you love your Tudor history, you will love the many, many Tudor references … All in all, non-stop Tudor intrigue!”

– An Historian About Town (blog)

 “… the sequel is just as fantastic in a different way  … a fun read but also packed quite an emotional punch for me (I’m not too proud to admit I cried my eyes out!).” – Royalcentral.co.uk

 

 

 

Photograph of Olivia Hayfield Sister to Sister book cover

JUST OUT!

UK / AMAZON OR WATERSTONES 

USA / AMAZON

AUSTRALIA / BOOKTOPIA –  CANADA / AMAZON

NEW ZEALAND / WOMEN’S BOOK SHOP

Wife After Wife

A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII … if he were a twenty-first-century womanizing media mogul rather than the King of England.

Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But in 2018, his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground. His business is in the spotlight – and not in a good way – and his love life is under scrutiny. Because behind a glittering curtain of lavish parties, gorgeous homes, and a media empire is a tale worthy of any tabloid.

And Harry has a lot to account for.

This will delight both Tudorphiles and readers who love a dishy tellall about rich people behaving badly.” – Booklist (American Library Association, Book Reviews)

Sister To Sister

Following the scandalous revelations about his love life, disgraced media mogul Harry Rose is searching for redemption. His daughters – bright, winsome Eliza and dark, difficult Maria – have taken over the helm at Rose Corp. But while Eliza’s on study leave at Oxford, Maria embarks on a drive to rid the British media giant of sleaze. His legacy under threat, Harry wants Maria out and Eliza in. But hanging between Harry and Eliza is the unresolved death of Eliza’s mother.

Eliza has a vision for Rose Corp. Along with Will Bardington and Kit Marley, enfants terribles of the arts world, she plans a new golden age of British TV drama. But Maria is standing in her way. And then there’s the distraction of her childhood playmate, the twinkly-eyed Rob Studley, and a new threat, from Eliza’s thorn-in-the-side Scottish cousin.

Guided by Harry, Eliza navigates life as Rose Corp’s new queen. But after a stellar start, things take a dark turn, and ultimately Eliza will have to make a choice: career, or love? It shouldn’t be this hard. 

Loosely based on the reigns of Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth, Sister to Sister is the sequel to Wife After Wife.

Praise for 
Wife After Wife 

 

“You don’t have to be a Tudor aficionado to adore Wife After Wife, however, those in the know will be especially delighted with this modern-day retelling of the six wives of Henry VIII. For all others, Hayfield’s clever novel is a delicious read for anyone looking to sink into a big juicy story about love, lust, betrayal and other unfortunate consequences of the heart.”  

Renee Rosen
US bestselling author of
Park Avenue Summer

“A near-perfect holiday read – a right royal romp, you might say  – but its clever conceit, engaging writing, endearing characters and, ultimately, witty social commentary make it near-perfect for any other time of the year.” 

New Zealand Herald

Wife After Wife is intelligent and witty, and although its main aim is to entertain, it runs a solid thread of social commentary about relationships and power over the past few decades.” 

The Listener

 “ Brimming with drama, deceit, romance, tragedy and passion. It reminded me of Jilly Cooper or Jackie Collins at their best, except this book is designed for an audience with different attitudes from those of the 1980s.” 

Woman’s Weekly

 

 

Praise for
Sister to Sister 

 “Even if you’re not an aficionado of Tudor history, there is lots to love in this racy romp about the lives of the rich and fabulous. The historical factor is fun though, and adds another layer to an addictively readable novel … if you’re a fan of Jilly Cooper or something of a history buff, then you’re really not going to want to miss out.” – Woman’s Weekly

 

“The skill of Hayfield in creating a believable modern storyline that maintains the essence of the historical characters and events makes this book more than simply a light-hearted version of the television show Succession. … in a turbulent summer, Sister to Sister is the perfect escape. ” – The Listener

 

“The ingenious way Hayfield re-casts and contemporises the Tudor court gives her a chance to have some fun but there remain perceptive observations of modern life, from the influence of the religious right to the relationship problems caused by family dysfunction … an amusing, smart and oddly thought-provoking read with glamour and great heart.” – Kete – New Books from Aotearoa

 

A must-read for history buffs.” – Woman’s Day

 

 “A fun and entertaining read, more than perfect for lock down life. If you love your Tudor history, you will love the many, many Tudor references … All in all, non-stop Tudor intrigue!” – An Historian About Town (blog)

 

 “… the sequel is just as fantastic in a different way  … a fun read but also packed quite an emotional punch for me (I’m not too proud to admit I cried my eyes out!).”

 – Royalcentral.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHICH OF HARRY ROSES SIX WIVES ARE YOU

In stellar company at the NZ launch of Wife After Wife, with New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and actor-director Michael Hurst

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Left: With actor-director Michael Hurst, and New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, at the launch in Feb 2020 of Wife After Wife

BESTSELLER!

Sister to Sister, the sequel to Wife After Wife, is out in Australia and New Zealand (and has been in the NZ bestseller list since its launch – currently (end Feb) at No.2 !), and will be published in June 2021 in the UK (ebook and audiobook already available there) and October 2021 in the US (ebook and audiobook already available there too).

 

PODCASTS

  • In this Book Bubble podcast I chat with best-selling author Nicky Pellegrino about Henry VIII, and launching a book in the time of Covid bit.ly/2YyQtWh

AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL, 2020

The 2020 festival was held online, and although it wasn’t the same as hanging out with fellow authors and readers, the online sessions were great. I am in episode six, talking to Paula Morris about Wife After Wife. You can watch it here: https://bit.ly/2MAmma2 

KIT MARLOWE

This is a piece I wrote for The Spinoff, on that rakehell genius Kit Marlowe, who started life as a peripheral figure when I was writing Sister to Sister, but soon took centre stage. Read this to understand why! https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/26-01-2021/kit-marlowe-died-400-years-ago-but-hes-back-and-sexy-as-hell/ 

HENRY AND ME

I was invited by the lovely Natalie Grueninger of the popular podcast and website On the Tudor Trail, to write about how I developed the character of Harry Rose. In it I discuss how I set off wanting to bring Henry VIII down, but when I delved further into his character, something unexpected happened…  http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2021/02/10/henry-and-me-by-olivia-hayfield/

 

 

 

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In stellar company at the NZ launch of Wife After Wife, with New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and actor-director Michael Hurst

Above: With actor-director Michael Hurst and New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, at the launch of Wife After Wife in February 2020

BESTSELLER!

Sister to Sister, the sequel to Wife After Wife, is out in Australia and New Zealand (and has been in the NZ bestseller list since its release, currently (end Feb) at No.2 😀), and will be published in June 2021 in the UK (ebook and audiobook already available there) and October 2021 in the US (ebook and audiobook already available there too).

 

PODCASTS

  • In this Book Bubble podcast I chat with best-selling author Nicky Pellegrino about Henry VIII, and launching a book in the time of Covid bit.ly/2YyQtWh

     

AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL, 2020

The festival was held online, and although it wasn’t the same as hanging out with fellow authors and readers, the online sessions were great. I am in episode six, talking to Paula Morris about Wife After Wife. You can watch it here: https://bit.ly/2MAmma2

KIT MARLOWE

This is a piece I wrote for The Spinoff, on that rakehell genius Kit Marlowe, who started life as a peripheral figure when I was writing Sister to Sister, but soon took centre stage. Read this to understand why! https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/26-01-2021/kit-marlowe-died-400-years-ago-but-hes-back-and-sexy-as-hell/

 

HENRY AND ME

I was invited by the lovely Natalie Grueninger of the popular podcast and website On the Tudor Trail, to write about how I developed the character of Harry Rose. In it I discuss how I set off wanting to bring Henry VIII down, but when I delved further into his character, something unexpected happened…  http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2021/02/10/henry-and-me-by-olivia-hayfield/

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