Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. When she is not writing, she volunteers at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Jubilee is her first novel.
Shelley Harris recommends
The View On the Way Down (2013)
"So compassionate, so heartbreaking... the story wouldnât let me go."
"Amanda Berriman's Home kept me up late for all the right reasons. It's a tender portrait of a family in crisis that nevertheless grips like a thriller, a chronicle of extraordinary events that never slides into sensationalism. I loved Jesika - the girl through whose eyes the story is told - and her mother, who in remarkable times also faces the unremarkable challenges of motherhood we can all identify with."
All the Hidden Truths (2018)
(DI Helen Birch, book 1)
"A novel so shockingly current that it seems to fictionalise the world even as it changes around us."
We Must Be Brave (2019)
"We Must Be Brave is outstanding: such fine, fine writing, and such a steady, unsentimental gaze at human relationships in all their toughness and fragility. I adored this novel, and will be pressing it into people's hands at every opportunity."
How to Belong (2020)
"Sarah writes intimately about the forest and the lives it sustains, exploring the human condition with forensic tenderness; we feel every step of Tessa and Jo's journeys. It's a big-hearted novel about how we learn to belong despite ourselves, and I relished every word."
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