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Tell Tale Heart Spectator Book of the Year

Tell Tale Heart Spectator Book of the Year

  The Tell-Tale Heart is a Spectator Book of the Year, chosen by Sofka Zinovieff. ‘I’ve loved all Jill Dawson’s novels (especially Wild Boy) and The Tell-Tale Heart is another example of her powerful yet delicate, intelligent, haunting writing.’ Continue reading…

Tales from the Reading Room – review of Tell-Tale Heart

Tales from the Reading Room – review of Tell-Tale Heart

It just so happened that both Annabel and I had copies of Jill Dawson’s new novel, The Tell-Tale Heart, and by swiftness of reading and writing, Annabel’s was the review that made it into Shiny New Books. I’ve been saving up mine for the blog, though, as we both agreed it was one of the… Continue reading…

A blogger’s view of THE TELL-TALE HEART

A blogger’s view of THE TELL-TALE HEART

‘Patrick, at first an unsympathetic character, becomes easier in his skin, denying all personality changes to his surgeon while demonstrating the opposite in his actions – but then who wouldn’t after such an extraordinary experience. Dawson has Maureen, his transplant co-ordinator, rehearse the theories of cellular memory, then steps quietly aside as Patrick speculates about… Continue reading…

Guardian review of THE TELL-TALE HEART

Guardian review of THE TELL-TALE HEART

The Fens don’t receive much fictional attention, perhaps due to an assumption that a landscape so lacking in dramatic topography must have no interesting stories to tell. As one apologetic inhabitant of the Cambridgeshire countryside admits in Jill Dawson’s novel: “The Fens. Most people find them – boring. Most people think they’re a bit flat.”… Continue reading…

Review of TELL-TALE HEART in the Times Literary Review

Review of TELL-TALE HEART in the Times Literary Review

Over the course of The Tell-Tale Heart, we watch as Patrick, an unhealthy fifty-year-old academic, changes from a grubbily sensuous, selfish egotist to someone chastened and purified, much to the sur-prise of his children and ex-partners. What’s got into him? A new heart, figuratively as well as literally; Dawson leaves no meta-phor unturned in this… Continue reading…

Daily Express review of TELL-TALE HEART

Daily Express review of TELL-TALE HEART

Dawson, whose previous novels include Fred and Edie, shortlisted for the Whitbread and the Orange Prizes, is an elegant but easy writer.  She swiftly hooks the reader in with strong, convincing narrative voices, pacy dialogue, carefully crafted prose and an engagingly dramatic plot.  Important too is one of Dawson’s trademarks, an evocative, brooding sense of… Continue reading…

Review of TELL-TALE HEART – Bookmunch

Review of TELL-TALE HEART – Bookmunch

‘An accomplished novel by a great writer’ Patrick, 50, Professor of American Studies, womaniser – he has an ex-wife and two children, an ex-mistress and a third child almost the same age as his second, and a mature student ex-lover who’s filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him – is only the third person… Continue reading…

Times review of TELL-TALE HEART

Times review of TELL-TALE HEART

‘Dawson’s immediately engrossing narrative opens in the ICU in the aftermath of the surgery and it is clear that the recipient of Drew’s heart is someone not everyone would consider deserving of a second chance……Dawson navigates this territory with a freshness and wit that belie a seasoned novelist. In 200 short pages, she seamlessly elides… Continue reading…

Huffington Post review of TELL-TALE HEART

Huffington Post review of TELL-TALE HEART

As they attempt to reach out, you often hear the older generations baffled by the decisions of the younger. Such endeavours to connect go unnoticed by the Smartphone generation, with their Monster energy drinks and fanatical need to include the word “like” into every sentence. A gulf of years and accepted taboos split them apart,… Continue reading…