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 we miss England – quite a lot. So we visit the homeland as often as we can … at least, we 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!

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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

About Olivia Hayfield

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 we miss England – quite a lot. So we visit the homeland as often as we can … at least, we 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 around historic hotspots and hanging out in London cafes and pubs. I can highly recommend this as a writing routine

When 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, of course, 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

PREORDERS

UK / AMAZON OR WATERSTONES – USA / AMAZON

AUSTRALIA / BOOKTOPIA –  CANADA / AMAZON

NEW ZEALAND / MIGHTY APE

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 

“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

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 

 

 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.

Photograph of Olivia Hayfield Sister to Sister book cover

PREORDERS

UK / AMAZON OR WATERSTONES 

USA / AMAZON

AUSTRALIA / BOOKTOPIA –  CANADA / AMAZON

NEW ZEALAND / MIGHTY APE

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

 

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

SEQUEL NEWS

Sister to Sister, the sequel to Wife After Wife, will be published in Jan 2021 in Australia and New Zealand, and June 2021 (paperback, audiobook) and Jan 2021 (ebook) in the UK. Preorder from your local bookshop or follow the links on the Books tab.

 

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 

News

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

SEQUEL NEWS

Sister to Sister, the sequel to Wife After Wife, will be published in Jan 2021 in Australia and New Zealand and June 2021 in the UK (paperback, ebook, audiobook). Preorder from your local bookshop or follow the links on the Books tab.

 

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 

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