Jill Dawson’s latest novel The Crime Writer, about the novelist Patricia Highsmith, will be published in June 2016. Dawson is the best-selling author of nine novels, including 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 her novels are published by Sceptre.
In addition to the fiction, Jill has edited six anthologies and won awards for poetry, short stories and screenplays. She was winner of the Harpers Bazaar short story competition in 2013. She has held many fellowships including the British Council Writing Fellowship at Amherst College, Massachusetts and the Creative Writing Fellowship at University of East Anglia in Norwich, where she also taught on the MA. Her Creative Writing teaching spans twenty years and she is a popular tutor and writing mentor. In 2006 Jill was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University. She has been an Advisory Fellow to the Royal Literary Fund for ten years. She currently teaches creative writing for the Faber Academy and the Guardian/UEA Masterclasses as well as mentoring new and emerging writers under a scheme she founded: www.gold-dust.org.uk.
‘A beautifully crafted and utterly riveting blend of fact and fiction about a fascinating 20th-century figure.’
-Daily Mail review of Jill Dawson’s latest novel The Crime Writer (read the full review here)