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Rebecca F John


Rebecca F. John was born in 1986, and grew up in Pwll, a small village on the South Wales coast.  She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing (1st class hons) and an MA in Creative Writing (distinction) from Swansea University, as well as a PGCE PCET from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4Extra.  In 2014, she was highly commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize.  In 2015, her short story 'The Glove Maker's Numbers' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.  She is the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015, and the British participant of the 2016 Scritture Giovani project.  In 2017, she was named on Hay Festival's 'The Hay 30' list.Her first short story collection, Clown's Shoes, is available now through Parthian.  Her first novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, is forthcoming through Serpent's Tail in July 2017.When she is not writing, Rebecca enjoys skiing, reading, sketching, watching tennis and playing music.  Rebecca lives in Swansea with her three dogs, Betsy, Teddy, and Effie.She is represented by Chris Wellbelove at Aitken Alexander.

Genres: Historical Mystery
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel nominee (2017) : The Haunting of Henry Twist

Rebecca F John recommends
The Death Knock (2018)
Elodie Harper
"I tore through this book, my heart hammering with Ava's and my head pounding with Frankie's. Fast-paced, unpredictable, and disturbingly real, THE DEATH KNOCK reminds us at every turn what is so frightening about that which is so immediate. Do not flip the page without keeping one eye on the last!"
The Confessions of Frannie Langton (2019)
Sara Collins
"I loved this novel. A literary page-turner, an engrossing murder mystery, and a deep meditation on freedom, choice, and what it means to have a voice, Sara Collins' writing is as seductive as it is elusive - just like Frannie Langton herself. For all its horrors, I could have dallied in this opium-addled world with Frannie endlessly, another addict, hooked on Collins' words."

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