Jan Selbourne was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. After graduating from a Melbourne business college, her career moved into the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland, and the United Kingdom. At the point of retiring she changed course to work as secretary of a large New South Wales historical society. Now retired. Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and writing. She has two children, a stray live-in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.
” . . . The characters are rich and varied in their contribution to the storyline. It is the history and the historical settings that grab my interest and propels me along in time and space of the period.” — Gail Beardslee
“Lies of Gold is a multi-layered novel full of many intriguing themes such as lost love, crime, and mystery. These three themes combined make Lies of Gold a sensational story for me as these are themes I love to read about. What makes these themes so brilliant is that the exceptional author of this novel, Jan Selbourne, perfectly weaves them together into her plot so that the reader is entertained from beginning to end. Jan Selbourne is a talented wordsmith; her brilliant story combined with her flawless narration amazed me and had me turning the pages with haste. Her sensational book is flawless and makes for a brisk, steady read that is full of twists and turns galore. I adore her plot device of twists and turns as they kept me intrigued and ensured that I never once got bored. As Lies of Gold is a truly spectacular novel full of action-packed moments, brilliant intrigue and historical context, I have no choice but to award this stellar book a dazzling Five Stars! It is a truly exceptional novel and it would be a crime not to read it . . .”—Red Headed Book Lover, Book Reviewer
“There are very few books that move a reader, and especially this reviewer, for more than being just a riveting story. But LIES OF GOLD by Jan Selbourne is an exception…and exceptional.
What an incredible book of historical fiction! It’s not just the romantic story of lovers who parted on bad terms and find each other again that captures the heart of anyone who has known true love. It’s not just a plot so intricate and gripping that just when you think all the twists and turns have been negotiated, you find still more curves ahead. It’s not just the mixture of evil and sinister characters, the nastiness of human trafficking in 19th century England, along with deception and murder that keeps you turning pages in a book impossible to put down.
It’s all of those elements, delivered by a skilled author who fires the imagination, and whose knowledge of the craft of writing turns her book into art. . . . Jan Selbourne doesn’t take second place to any author when it comes to her ability to write an unforgettable story.
There are a lot of characters in LIES OF GOLD. In so many books, and too often, readers lose track of who’s who and who’s doing what when writers cannot handle the large casts they have created. Such is not the case with Jan Selbourne. We not only are able to keep up with everything and everybody, but we come to know all the key characters inside out. Selbourne allows their actions and words to reveal who they really are and what they are like. Too few writers have that skill even after penning many books. This is only Jan Selbourne’s second novel! Readers feel the intensity of the passion between the protagonists, Julian and Katherine, as they try to deny the love they feel for each other. Their lovemaking scenes are detailed and sensuous, rather than blatantly sexual. Likewise, the reader feels the growing love Julian feels for Katherine’s children and they for him. And along with the protagonists, we feel their revulsion toward Katherine’s abusive ex and the many ugly inhabitants that surround them at Halton Hall. Readers are swept up in this historical fiction that rivets with the tension of a psychological thriller and brings everything to a most satisfying, if surprising conclusion.” —Viga Boland, Author /Book Reviewer, No Tears for my Father
“Set during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, Lies of Gold sees former lovers reunited during an investigation into gold smuggling across the English Channel and into the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte. A historical fiction fan herself, Ms Selbourne said it added a layer of authenticity to the story. “I always like a factual background,” she said. “You can really get a feel for it [the setting].”
Ms. Selbourne said she used the Regency era to highlight the restrictions on women, with laws of the time dictating that a woman’s possessions and children, as well as herself, became the property of her husband when she married.” —HUNTER INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER, Maitland, NSW Australia
“Secrets, lies, greed, murder and affairs. They’re not the most pleasant aspects of life, are they? But people do love reading about them. Who doesn’t like being transported out of our mundane lives into a world of adventure, mystery and suspense? Lorn author Jan Selbourne understands this. That’s why she’s written a book titled Lies of Gold. The story is set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. It involves a traitor smuggling gold to Napoleon and two people who suffered the consequences of an illicit affair.” — NEWCASTLE HERALD, Newcastle, NSW, Australia