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Jill Dawson - Author


Jill Dawson is the author of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, MAGPIE, FRED AND EDIE, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, and WILD BOY, all published by Sceptre to critical acclaim. WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, her latest novel, will be published by Sceptre in March 2006. She is also an award-winning poet and has edited several anthologies including The Virago Book of Wicked Verse, and, with Margo Daly, Wild Ways. She was the British Council Fellow at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1997 and is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Writing at the University of East Anglia. Born in Durham, she now lives with her family in the Fens.

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Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Jill Dawson...

The Great Lover is a novel about a poet, Rupert Brooke, that pushes past the cliches of tea on the lawn at Grantchester and takes an utterly fresh look at the poet. The writing is very clear and precise and makes for a fascinating read. And what's more, I was inspired to go and read Brooke's poetry too.

If you like Jill Dawson you might also like to read books by Louise Levene, Stef Penney and Paula McLain.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Jill Dawson

The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson
The Tell-Tale Heart
Jill Dawson
A fifty-year old Cambridge professor, Patrick, gets the heart of a teenage boy, fine … only it seems to affect his very being. Despite the book being short and split into seven parts with three viewpoints, this is a huge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
Lucky Bunny by Jill Dawson
Lucky Bunny
Jill Dawson
Sarah Broadhurst's view... The blurb on this book says that it is difficult not to think of it as an autobiography, and that is exactly how it reads. It is a straightforward life story, sad, funny, harrowing, powerful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Great Lover by Jill Dawson
The Great Lover
Jill Dawson
Fact and fiction intertwine in this beautifully told story about a love affair between Rupert Brooke and a housemaid called Nell. Using diary entries, letters and poems Jill Dawson crafts a story that inspires the reader to want to read...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2009
Fred and Edie by Jill Dawson
Fred and Edie
Jill Dawson
In 1922 Edith Waters and Freddy Bywaters were found guilty of murdering Edith’s husband and were executed. This is the story from Edith’s point of view, told largely through her letters to Freddy. In my mind it is not Jill’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/12/2006

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