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Published 4 March 2021, Corvus Books

When she was thirteen years old, Ada Howell lost not just her father, but the life she felt she was destined to lead. Now, at eighteen, Ada is given a second chance when her wealthy godmother gifts her with an extravagant art history trip to Italy.

In the palazzos of Venice, the cathedrals of Florence and the villas of Rome, she finally finds herself among the kind of people she aspires to be: sophisticated, cultured, privileged. Ada does everything in her power to prove she is one of them. And when a member of the group dies in suspicious circumstances, she seizes the opportunity to permanently bind herself to this gilded set.

But everything hidden must eventually surface, and when it does, Ada discovers she’s been keeping a far darker secret than she could ever have imagined…

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I grew up in Wales on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, which has inspired a life-long love of wild landscapes and ancient myths. As a teenager, I studied Art History in Italy, then Classics at Bristol and Oxford. After five years working in publishing, I left to focus on my own writing career - writing eleven books for children and young adults. The Favour, my first novel for adults, publishes in March 2021.

I live in South East London with my husband and two children.



Advance praise from best-selling crime authors:  

"Ambition, lust, family secrets and lashings of Italian art - what could go wrong? A compulsive story, written with steely intelligence and wicked prose, that should propel the author into the bestseller lists." Elizabeth Buchan

"Absorbing, intelligent and atmospheric with a razor-sharp twist. Genius." Elizabeth Haynes

"Intelligent, elegant and immersive. I found myself absorbed by a complex narrator who made me feel both empathy and horror." Claire Kendal

Crime Debut of the Month,

"This is a book that will keep you wonderfully off-balance; it feels as if you are being trusted with an unsettling and dangerous secret ... [Vaughan] writes with understated eloquence, slowly allowing the intrigue and tension to build ... A well-written and rewarding read, The Favour slips into shadowy thoughts and finds the darkness that dwells there."



A few of the paintings that inspired The Favour ... and a couple of other images from my writing mood-board.

The featured paintings are The Falsehood (Bellini, 1490), The Triumph of Death (Buffalamacco, 1336 -1341), The Birthday (Chagall, 1887) and San Giorgio Maggiore and the Giudecca (William Wilkins, 2013).



I am represented by Susan Armstrong at C&W.

C&W Agency

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28-29 Haymarket

London SW1Y 4SP

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