Jill Dawson’s new novel The Language of Birds inspired by the nanny at the centre of the Lord Lucan case was published by Sceptre in April. She is the author of ten novels including The Crime Writer (which won the East Anglian Book of the year) Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize). Her novel The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, published in 2009, was a best-seller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read. Lucky Bunny, which tells the life of Queenie Dove, East End thief and good time girl, won a Fiction Uncovered Award. Her novel The Tell-Tale Heart, described by Hilary Mantel as ‘an uncanny and atmospheric novel by a skilful storyteller’ was long-listed for the Folio prize. All are published by Sceptre.
Jill is a patron of the Maya Centre which offers therapy to women experiencing violence or sexual violence.
She is the founder of Gold Dust, a mentoring scheme for new writers. She has also taught creative writing at Arvon courses.