Welcome to the website of Ann Victoria Roberts.
Here you will find details of Ann’s books, blogs, biography, and reviews of books she has enjoyed reading. Please feel free to leave a comment, or share the blogs with your friends online.
Ann hit the national headlines in 1989 as, The Housewife Who Wrote a Bestseller, when her first historical novels, Louisa Elliott and Liam’s Story sold in the USA for what was then a record sum for a first-time author.
Published by Chatto & Windus in the UK, and translated into seven languages, Louisa Elliott was shortlisted for the prestigious RNA award. Now independently published, both novels are available in pint and ebook format. Ann’s fifth novel, The Master’s Tale, based on the life of Captain EJ Smith of the Titanic, won one of the Rubery Awards for independently published books in 2012. A revised ebook edition was published in 2015.
Intrigued by parallels between past and present, by the lives of real people, and the darker side of life and love, Ann has been praised for her ability to ‘move the reader into the past,’ and for the visual quality of her writing.
Born in York, and married to a Master Mariner, Ann travelled widely aboard merchant ships when their children were young, and life at sea features in three of her five novels. Educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School Otley and Harrogate School of Art, Ann is a member of both the Society of Authors, and The Alliance of Independent Authors, and now lives in Southampton, where her husband is Master of the British Heritage Steamship, Shieldhall.