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Language of Birds paperback edition

Language of Birds paperback edition

…now available from Sceptre. ‘Timely, devastating and superbly realised’ – Daily Mail ‘The narrative’s progress towards the terrifying evening in the dark basement kitchen has the ineluctable pull of tragic myth. We know what must come, but this knowledge never detracts from the memorable beauty and intelligence of the novel. By focusing on the victim,… Continue reading…

iNEWS review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

iNEWS review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

‘In her highly engrossing new novel, Dawson gives powerful voice to someone silenced in history – the murdered nanny at the heart of the notorious case of Lord Lucan, who disappeared on the night of the murder.’ – iNews. Read the full review here. Continue reading…

Guardian review – LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

Guardian review – LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

‘The narrative’s progress towards the terrifying evening in the dark basement kitchen has the ineluctable pull of tragic myth. We know what must come, but this knowledge never detracts from the memorable beauty and intelligence of the novel. By focusing on the victim, Dawson allows us to completely rethink the original story in a way… Continue reading…

Spectator review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

Spectator review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

‘All in all, this beautifully written novel achieves its aim: it gives the victim back her voice.’ Read the full review here. Continue reading…

Glasgow Herald gives The Language Of Birds by Jill Dawson 9 out of 10

Glasgow Herald gives The Language Of Birds by Jill Dawson 9 out of 10

JILL Dawson is an award-winning novelist and poet. The Language Of Birds is based on the story of Lord Lucan and is set in 1970s London. Mandy and Rosemary work as nannies for aristocratic families and the book explores the freedom enjoyed by the young women escaping small villages to enjoy the anonymity of the… Continue reading…

STYLIST review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

STYLIST review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

‘Jill Dawson’s fictional take on the affair quietly but firmly redresses the balance as she makes her heroine, Mandy River, a warm, intelligent and life-filled delight who is not a victim but a woman who clear-sightedly sees a family beset by problems and Lord Morven for exactly who he is. Conjuring a world of class… Continue reading…

RED online review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

RED online review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

‘In The Language Of Birds, Jill Dawson weaves a heartbreaking story of a young woman arriving in London to start afresh and look after the children of Lord and Lady Morven but soon finds herself a pawn in a bitter custody battle.’ Read the full review here. Continue reading…

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS Daily Mail review

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS Daily Mail review

Read the Daily Mail‘s review of LANGUAGE OF BIRDS here. ‘…this book is in a class of its own.’ Continue reading…

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS Observer Review

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS Observer Review

Great review for LANGUAGE OF BIRDS in The Observer. ‘Mandy is a gorgeous creation, a character so warm and vivid you half wish you could take her out for a drink.’ Read the full review here. Continue reading…

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS – The Bookseller book of the month

LANGUAGE OF BIRDS – The Bookseller book of the month

The Bookseller – Book of the Month choice Alice O’Keeffe – 11 January ‘The latest from the immeasurably talented Jill Dawson … In Dawson’s sensitive yet gripping retelling of the [Lord Lucan] story, the nanny takes centre stage rather than the aristocrat.’ Continue reading…