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Jane Harris

Ireland (b.1961)

Jane Harris is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. Her most recent work is the critically acclaimed Gillespie and I. Her first novel, The Observations, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007. Waterstone's, the UK bookstore chain, has chosen her as one of its 25 Authors for the Future.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : The Observations
Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Observations
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Observations
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : Gillespie And I
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2018) : Sugar Money

Jane Harris recommends
The Boy Made of Snow (2017)
Chloë Mayer
"An evocative and stunning debut."
Crow Court (2021)
Andy Charman
"This clever narrative is both page-turning and original - an innovative and beautifully-written historical novel that features an array of diverse characters and voices from its vividly-realised Dorset setting."
An Unofficial Marriage (2021)
Joie Davidow
"How fascinating to get a glimpse into the private life of Turgenev and the even more intriguing Pauline Viardot, proclaimed by many of her contemporaries to be a musical genius. Joie Davidow is herself an opera singer and the portrayal of Viardot's passion for her vocal instrument, her preparations for performance, and her sadness when, with age, her singing voice begins to lose its power and precision, all feel extremely authentic."
Widowland (2021)
(Widowland, book 1)
C J Carey
"Widowland is not just a page-turning thriller and masterful work of suspense. This book is also the most important feminist novel to be published in decades because it speaks as much about contemporary tyranny and misogyny as it does about the re-imagined past that Carey has so skilfully created."

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