Kimberley Chambers is the Sunday Times Number One Best-Selling author of eleven novels, including the hugely successful ‘Butlers Series’ and ‘The Mitchell/O’Hara Saga’.
Her novels are set in the gritty underworld of the East End/Essex. Her distinctive style, full of humour, warmth and violence has developed a loyal and growing fan base. She has been hailed as ‘the next Martina Cole’.
Kimberley had not written a word until the age of thirty-eight when she decided to change her life and write her first novel, ‘Billie Jo’. She’d previously worked as a market trader on East-End markets, a pub DJ and a mini-cab driver. She was born in Romford, grew up in Dagenham and now lives in Hornchurch.
Her latest novel ‘Tainted Love’, the fourth in the ‘Butlers series’, shot straight into the Sunday Times Bestsellers chart at number one and spent weeks in the Top 10 in the month after its release.
Praise for Kimberley-
‘[a] fast-paced tale with gritty authenticity’ The Guardian
‘A thrilling read, her take on the East End is clever enough to make you believe she is Martina Cole’s little sister’ News of the World
“This beautifully crafted, sharp, well-paced novel will keep you hooked until the very end. An outstanding tale of betrayal, violence and love. Buy it. Read it. You’ll love it. I did.” Amanda Prowse
‘[Kimberley Chambers is] the queen of the gritty, low-life tale . . .a fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride that takes you on all sorts of twists and turns’ Bella
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If you could get away with the perfect crime – would you?
HEAVEN HAS NO RAGE, LIKE LOVE TO HATRED TURNED.
NOR HELL A FURY, LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED.
The new gritty standalone novel from the No 1 bestselling author. This is Kimberley Chambers at her shocking, page-turning best.
‘Will have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover’ OK
BACKSTABBER – Buy it here
When king of the underworld Vinny Butler goes into business with respected villain Eddie Mitchell, it’s a match made in East End legend. Friends and family are treated like gold, enemies like rats – it’s the life.
Then mysterious packages arrive, dead creatures and threats. Someone is out for revenge. Who the enemy is, nobody knows, anyone could be taking a pop. The gypsies who cursed Eddie, ghosts from Vinny’s past, enemies needing revenge. Even their own flesh and blood? There are some people you should never cross, some who can’t forgive or forget.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 9 February 2017
The explosive new novel from the Sunday Times #1 bestselling author Kimberley Chambers.
Nobody can hurt you like the ones you love…
Blood is thicker than water, love is stronger than hate – and that’s the problem. When your brother has betrayed you, there’s no coming back.
Vinny and Michael have always protected each other and provided for the family. Together they were formidable but business always stopped at the front door. Now someone has changed the rules – women and children are fair game and one of the Butlers is going to end up six feet under.
Little Vinny is battling not to follow in his father’s footsteps. Sweet Sammi-Lou has just vowed ‘til death do us part, but it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out about the murder he committed.
Dark secrets are spiralling out of control and have the power to destroy them all for good. Is this the final nail in the Butler family coffin?
PUBLICATION DATE: 11 Feb. 2016
There are some families that welcome newcomers with open arms, then there are the Butlers. An East End family no good girl wants to marry into…
Jo fell for Vinny Butler’s good looks, but she’s stood at one graveside too many and now she’s buried her heart as well.
Michael Butler was always the nice one, until he started running the family business. Nancy is desperate to leave, and though she would never turn her back on her children, every step they take in their father’s footsteps destroys her a little more.
As the old saying goes – you keep your friends close, and your enemies closer…
But you keep your family right where you can see them.
PUBLICATION DATE: 18 Jun. 2015
PAYBACK – Buy it here
Family. They’re supposed to watch your back. Not stab you in it
When the enemy is one of your own, the payback is twice as hard.
The Butler brothers are the Kings of the East End, and their motto is ‘what goes around, comes around’.
In their world, family counts; so when the truth about Vinny’s cousin’s death comes to light, it rocks the Butlers to the core. One by one, Vinny’s friends and family are turning against him…
Then, the unimaginable happens – Vinny’s little daughter Molly goes missing. She’s the one chink of light in all their lives, and the one they’d commit murders to bring back.
But is it already too late for that?
Is this PAYBACK?
The Butlers are back in this gripping, compulsive sequel to THE TRAP.
PUBLICATION DATE: 19th June 2014
The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.
The Butlers are the kings of the East End.
Vinny and Roy Butler are the apple of their mum’s eye and although Queenie knows they can play dirty, when it comes to family they look after business and make her proud. Nothing and no one can bring the Butler’s down.
But Vinny seems to have crossed the wrong person and his cards are marked. And with the brothers joined at the hip, Roy may just be in the firing line too…
One bloody night sets Vinny on the path of desperate vengeance, but will the Butlers emerge stronger than ever, or is the East End code of honour as good as dead?
PUBLICATION DATE: 14 Feb. 2013
THE SCHEMER — Buy it here
The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.
It’s 1983 and Stephanie Crouch’s life is dull. She is desperate to escape the run-down, pokey council house she shares with her overbearing family, but at fourteen years old she has nowhere to go.
When Stephanie meets East End wide-boy Barry, his cockney charm and quick tongue soon have her head over heels in love. Finally Stephanie feels like her dreary life is on the up. But too young to control their fate, Stephanie and Barry are torn apart when he is whisked away to Spain by his family.
Lonely and heartbroken Stephanie turns to Barry’s childhood friend Wayne for comfort, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance, leaving Barry fuming and promising revenge…
Ten years later Barry returns to England. Within one month Stephanie’s happy world with Wayne is turned upside down. People immediately start to point the finger of accusation at Barry, but is he the one to blame?
Or, should Stephanie look elsewhere to find the schemer who has ruined her life?
PUBLICATION DATE: 21 Jun. 2012
Life is looking bleak for Frankie Mitchell – not only has she lost custody of her two children to their sadistic, gypsy-bred father, Jed O’Hara, she is also pregnant and banged up in Holloway awaiting trial for attempted murder.
In Frankie’s absence, her father, underworld boss Eddie Mitchell, is determined to get his own back. He wants revenge not only for his daughter’s imprisonment, but also for the death of his beloved wife, Jessica. Determined to get his grandchildren back home where they belong, Eddie plans the O’Haras demise slowly and precisely. But then he finds out a secret and learns the real reason why his daughter is in the slammer and all hell breaks loose.
Essex had never seen anything like the bloodbath that followed, but were either family actually capable of winning this long running feud, or would they all become the victims of their own past mistakes?
PUBLICATION DATE: 11 Sept. 2014
With her mother dead and her father currently in prison awaiting trial for her murder, a pregnant Frankie is blamed for the tragedy and forced to live with her wideboy fiance, Jed O’Hara, in a trailer on his parents’ land. Frankie struggles to adapt to their gypsy way of life, but when her daughter, Georgie, is born, things go from bad to worse. Jed’s mother is a loud, brazen, domineering woman, who has always yearned for a daughter herself, and she begins to take over her baby granddaughter. Meanwhile Frankie’s family and friends know that Jed is cheating on her, but blinded by love and a sucker for his charm, Frankie refuses to believe them.
Then one day the unthinkable happens. Sick to the stomach at her discovery, Frankie for once sees Jed for what he really is. She realises that the man she loves is not only heartless, but also violent and dangerous. Petrified for the safety of herself and her family, Frankie plots the ultimate revenge. But can she actually go through with it?
PUBLICATION DATE: 21 Nov. 2013
For more than a decade two East End families have been locked in a bitter war.On one side are the Mitchells, a notorious underworld mob from East London’s Canning Town. They have an iron in every fire and will resort to intimidation and violence to get what they want. When Stanley Smith’s lovely young daughter, Jessica, announces that she is to marry Eddie, the son of mob boss Harry Mitchell, Stanley is horrified, but too afraid to stand in their way.On the other side are the O’Haras. The Mitchells’ biggest rivals are a travelling family who live in nearby Stratford. They compete with the Mitchells for pub protection and the two families hate each other.Caught between these two families at war, are two innocent children, who will grow up to love the wrong people and spark the last terrible act in the long-running feud. 1988 was a happy year in many people’s lives. Some called it The Rave Year, others The Second Summer of Love. For Eddie Mitchell and his family it is neither. 1988 is the year in which his whole dangerous, violent world explodes around him.
PUBLICATION DATE: 30 Sept. 2010
Based in Stepney, this book is set on a rough and ready council estate, in the heart of London’s East End. A story that starts in 1975 ends in 2005, it tells the trials and tribulations of the Hutton family. Maureen – the gutsy mum, separated from her alcoholic husband, she scrimps and saves for years to bring up her children and instil life’s good values in them. She tries her utmost, but with only moderate success. Tommy, the eldest son, does ten years for murder. On his release he promises to go straight. The trouble is that the underworld beckons and he struggles to keep his promise. Susan, the daughter, unpopular and spiteful as a child, she finally makes her family proud when she gets pregnant and moves in with her boyfriend. But what has she forgotten to tell him? James, the youngest son. Does mummy’s blue-eyed boy stay on the straight and narrow? Or does he get stuck into a life of crime, just like his elder brother? Ethel – gran and mother-in-law. A wise old owl, granny could sense disaster looming all along. What a tragedy that no one would listen to her. And finally, Maria, the girl next door and the love of James’s life. Will they? Won’t they? Who knows – because Maria holds the biggest secret of them all. Or does she?
PUBLICATION DATE: 18 Mar. 2010
BORN EVIL — Buy it here.
June Dawson has come a long way from the rough East End background where she met, got pregnant by and eventually married charming, reckless Johnny Fuller. Now she lives in leafy Rainham, in a nice little cul-de-sac, with her ultra-respectable second husband and a lovely social life.
Then her world collapses when daughter Debbie announces that she is pregnant by her low-life, drug addict boyfriend, Billy McDaid. June feels as though she is being physically sucked back into the world of villains and thugs she thought she had escaped for ever.
But worse is to come. Much, much worse. The baby – doted on by his violent, feckless dad – grows into the child from hell: mean, sadistic and out of control. Suddenly the family is not just in crisis. It is in meltdown.
PUBLISHER: Preface Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 5 Nov. 2009
BILLIE JO — Buy it here.
Not once had Terry ever been hauled in by old bill. He was sure the filth was aware of him, as he had his fingers stuck in many pies, but he was a background man and that’s the way he liked it. He made sure that he kept well away from the dodgy motors, the thieves and the yards…’
Terry – the lucky villain with a heart of gold – is riding for a fall. Michelle – the wife he hates and is plotting to leave – knows something is afoot, but not quite what. Billie Jo – their adored only daughter – loathes her parents quarrelling and her mother drinking, but will she understand when Terry tells her the truth: that he is planning to marry his pregnant secretary? Jade is a cut above the rest and waits patiently for the day when she and Terry can live peacefully together on his ill-gotten gains, probably on the Costa del Sol. But fate is about to deal a terrible hand, leaving Billie Jo’s protected world in tatters.
PUBLISHER: Preface Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 19 Feb. 2009