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Liz Jensen


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Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire, the daughter of a Danish father and an Anglo-Moroccan mother. She spent two years as a journalist in the Far East before joining the BBC, first as a journalist, then as a TV and radio producer. She then moved to France where she worked as a sculptor and began her first novel, Egg Dancing, which was published in 1995. Back in London she wrote Ark Baby (1998) which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, The Paper Eater (2000), and War Crimes for the Home (2002) which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and is currently being adapted for the stage. Her latest novel, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, is published by Bloomsbury in June 2004, and will feature on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. Next year it will be brought to the screen by Miramax, in a movie written and directed by Anthony Minghella.
 
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White Heat (2011)
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"A blazing star of a thriller: vivid, tightly sprung, and satisfying on all levels. A huge achievement."
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Occupy Me (2016)
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"Tricia Sullivan is one of our most daringly imaginative novelists, and she writes like an angel on crack. Occupy Me's a high-wire act that fizzes with intelligence, metaphysics and humanity - and takes Sullivan's unique brand of science fiction to a thrilling new level."
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My Sister, the Serial Killer (2018)
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"Bursting with chutzpah and laced with deadpan wit, My Sister The Serial Killer breezes in, knocks you sideways and waves goodbye with a killer smile. And like all deadly entertainments, it whets the appetite for more."

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