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Jo Baker

UK flag (b.1973)

Jo Baker was born in Lancashire. She was educated at Oxford and at Queen's University, Belfast, where she completed a PhD on the work of the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Her first novel, Offcomer, was published by William Heinemann in 2001. Her second book, The Mermaid's Child, is was published in August 2004. Jo Baker has also written for BBC Radio 4, and her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies. From 2001-2003 she was the Artistic Director of the Belfast Literary Festival. She lives in Belfast with her husband, the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville, and their son Daniel. The Telling is her third novel.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Mystery, General Fiction
   Offcomer (2002)
   The Mermaid's Child (2004)
   The Telling (2008)
   The Picture Book (2011)
     aka The Undertow
   Longbourn (2013)
   A Country Road, A Tree (2016)
   The Body Lies (2019)
   The Midnight News (2023)
   Kiss and Part (2019) (with others)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2016) : A Country Road, A Tree
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2017) : A Country Road, A Tree

Jo Baker recommends
Cahokia Jazz (2023)
Francis Spufford
"The book is itself Cahokia jazz; the play of possibilities beyond the linear progression of the tune we all already know, that goes to wild places and then winds back, beautifully, heartbreakingly, to echo the notes of where it started."
The Messenger of Measham Hall (2023)
(Measham Hall, book 2)
Anna Abney
"It's rare for a historical novel to feel so timley."
Becky (2023)
Sarah May
"A supple, witty take on the tabloid world and on Vanity Fair."
Joan (2022)
Katherine J Chen
"Measured, austere, profoundly physical. I loved it."
Nightingale (2020)
Marina Kemp
"An extraordinary novel. Richly atmospheric and beautifully paced … I loved it."
The Other Bennet Sister (2020)
Janice Hadlow
"An immersive and engaging new version of a familiar world . . . at once true to the source material and to life . . . Hadlow’s great achievement is to shift our sympathies so completely that . . . it’s difficult not to race through those final pages, desperate to know if [Mary] will, after all, be allowed?will allow herself - a happy ending."
The Story of Fester Cat (2014)
Paul Magrs
"A story about love and home and friends, and the construction of an invented family . . . At once hopeful and nostalgic."

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