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Billington, Rachel

Works: 99 works in 405 publications in 5 languages and 8,604 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Political fiction  Juvenile works  Romance fiction  Naval history  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Scenarist
Classifications: PR6052.I4, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rachel Billington
Occasion of sin by Rachel Billington( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successfully married, loving mother, clever career woman and staunch Catholic, Laura imagines her life is under control. Then, to her dismay, she falls passionately in love with Martin and her life erupts into chaos, leaving her buffeted by elation, guilt and desire. She is forced to choose between her lover and her son and this is the story of her struggle to reconcile her commitments to her faith, her family and herself
A woman's age by Rachel Billington( Book )

28 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and Polish and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel follows the life of Violet Hesketh from childhood, through two world wars, the roaring twenties and the depression. During this time her ambitions as a leading public figure and politician are fulfilled. As the lives of Violet, her daughter, and her friends and lovers interweave, their ambitions and desires reflect the changing face of a nation
The garish day by Rachel Billington( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry was born in 1940 to a seemingly mismatched couple. His father is devoted to his rigid career in the British Foreign Office; his mother is a romantic, remote woman. At the age of thirty, after his wife leaves him, Henry abandons his own diplomatic career. He experiences a 'divine revelation'; his parents and friends, however, think he has gone mad
Loving attitudes by Rachel Billington( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Tempest thinks she has settled comfortably into middle age, content at home with her husband and daughter and successful in her career. Then out of the blue her peace is shattered by the sudden reappearance of her illegitimate daughter, adopted at birth twenty-two years ago. As she turns Mary's world upside down, Mary discovers in herself a dangerous longing to find Elizabeth's father, the first great love of her life
A woman's life by Rachel Billington( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thee women born at the outbreak of World War II, meet in the early sixties. From widely differing bacgrounds, they form an imporbable friendship that sustains them through forty years of love, marriage, children, work, divorce and tragedy, during a period that saw dramatic change in the lives of women everywhere."--Front flap
Theo and Matilda by Rachel Billington( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 770 or thereabouts a young peasant boy is taken into a monastery because he has the gift of song. He is christened Theodore. To the same monastery comes Princess Matilda, whose husband suffers an unlucky accident with a swarm of bees. The love story is repeated five time over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to today, as each pair of lovers discovers love's eternal nature
Maria and the admiral by Rachel Billington( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valparaiso, June 1822. Thomas Cochrane has led the Chilean fleet to victory, and as the news spreads of the country's independence from Spain, a British woman, Maria Graham, watches from her house near Valparaiso Bay. A vivacious and clever young widow, her first thought as she contemplates her compatriot's arrival is that her loneliness has come to an end. Lauded in the press, and admired by Napoleon, Cochrane had long been at odds with the Admiralty, who failed to subdue his outspoken independence. In Maria Graham he meets a woman whose intelligence and spirit of adventure match his own
The missing boy by Rachel Billington( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen-year-old Dan hasn't returned home; his parents don't know whether he's run away, been kidnapped - or something worse. For one family, the world is about to fall apart. At first Dan is sleeping rough, revelling in his independence. But with every passing day, his world is becoming darker and more frightening. A hundred thousand children run away each year. Most come back. But will Dan? Dan's mother, Eve, a drama teacher, can't focus; his father, Max, only knows how to flee his own demons; and his aunt, Martha, while trained to control difficult situations as a prison officer, struggles to hold it all together. Gradually, all three begin to recognise just how badly they have failed the missing boy
Lies & loyalties by Rachel Billington( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Polish and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One cool March morning in London, MP Leo Barr is told that his brother, Charlie, is dead. He has hanged himself from a chestnut tree in the grounds of a mental hospital. His family reacts in different ways. Charlie's mother, Imogen, sees no point in pretending that life is still worth living - he was always her favourite. Leo and his lawyer brother Roland fight, as they always have over Charlie. The fourth brother Ron, a Catholic priest, must break the news to Charlie's wife, presently in HMP Holloway. In the days following Charlie's death the conflict builds among members of this diverse and complex family. Who really loves whom? What are the motives behind Roland's fixed antagonism towards Charlie? Is Leo right to put his career on the line? Above and between them all is the larger-than-life figure of Charlie. He follows no rules, not even about dying, and it becomes clear that his tragedy is only part of a web of mystery and deceit that connects them all
One summer by Rachel Billington( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An English painter, known as K, has returned from a hermit-like existence in Chile to attend the wedding of a girl he once loved to the point of obsession. He arrives at the English country church to find it empty and silent. The wedding has been postponed. He drives back to his hotel - a place he'd visited many years before - opens a bottle of champagne and with it, a door to the past." "When K first saw Claudia fourteen years earlier, he fell instantly and dangerously in love. But K was already married and Claudia twenty four years younger than him and still at school. Perhaps it was no surprise that their love proved to be so destructive and ultimately tragic. Now K returns to find Claudia on the verge of a very different future. But the past cannot be so easily banished. As they are inexorably drawn towards each other, long unanswered questions surface."--BOOK JACKET
The space between by Rachel Billington( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the course of four disturbing weeks, widow Alice Lightfoot finds herself dashing hurriedly from one adventure to another, and begins to ask herself whether this is how life is to be now she's on her own
Perfect happiness by Rachel Billington( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following on from the Jane Austen novel, the story is picked up one year on with Emma still sharing a house with her father. However, when a tragedy occurs outside the family, Emma finds a visit to London opens her eyes to a wider view of the world
Glory by Rachel Billington( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poignant and compelling story of three lives torn apart by the Battle of Gallipoli
Beautiful by Rachel Billington( Book )

9 editions published between 1974 and 1986 in English and Spanish and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A painted devil by Rachel Billington( Book )

6 editions published between 1975 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poppy's hero by Rachel Billington( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Poppy discovers that her father Frank is in prison, she is angry and bewildered. Seeing her wonderful, heroic father in a London prison looking pale, subdued and in prison clothes, she suddenly has a brilliant idea: to free her father. She and her friend Will invent all kinds of escape ideas for him -- until she hears that he has been removed to a prison far away on an island, with five years to serve. But when the prison decides to stage a musical using professionals and prisoners, Frank is picked for the lead role. It is then that the questions begin
Bodily harm by Rachel Billington( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a bright summer's day in West London, an attractive young woman is viciously stabbed by a stranger and left for dead. Her attacker is caught and sent to prison. Lydia's body slowly heals, leaving thin white scars, while her mind's repair takes longer
Emma & Knightley : perfect happiness in Highbury by Rachel Billington( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma and knightley find their newfound happiness threatened by family intrigue
The first Christmas by Rachel Billington( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retells the story of Christ's birth, from the Annunciation to the visit of the Magi
Lilacs out of the dead land by Rachel Billington( Book )

6 editions published between 1971 and 1985 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A woman's life
Alternative Names
Billington, Rachel

Billington, Rachel Mary.

Pakenham, Rachel

Rachel Billington britische Schriftstellerin und Präsidentin des englischen P.E.N.

Rachel Billington Brits schrijfster

Рэйчел Билингтон

ビリントン, レイチェル


English (210)

Polish (10)

Italian (2)

Spanish (2)

Dutch (2)

The garish dayLoving attitudesA woman's lifeTheo and MatildaThe missing boyLies & loyaltiesOne summerThe space between