By the Orange Prize and Whitbread shortlisted author of FRED AND EDIE, the riveting and vivacious tale of a 20th-century Moll Flanders.
Jill Dawson is the author of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, MAGPIE, FRED AND EDIE, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, WILD BOY, WATCH ME DISAPPEAR, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and THE GREAT LOVER. In addition she has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry. She has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, where she taught on the MA in Creative Writing course. She lives in the Fens with her husband and two sons.
Gloriously enjoyable...Queenie bursts out of these pages, longing for life, as we are drawn into her world by Dawson's terse, electric prose. I've seldom read a novel with such a sense of excitement. - Philip Hoare, Sunday TelegraphJill Dawson is one of those writers so gifted and assured you relax just five words in...heroine Queenie is no angel. But she's resourceful, funny, brave and beautiful. You're on her side from that fifth word - Wendy Holden, Daily MailA treat to read - John Self, GuardianDawson, as ever, delves deep into her subject matter, combining fast-paced narrative with astute, piercing reflection on more complex matters - Leyla Sanai, Independent on SundayShe leaves us with some unforgettable images..:It is admirable, too, for the way its fizzing narrative is grounded in a cool-eyed awareness of the social and sexual injustices of the mid-20th century - Maggie Gee, Independent'Far more than just crime caper. An award winning poet, Dawson shrewdly uses her heroine's undeniably clever but poorly educated point of view to evocative and sometimes lyrical effect, the author's use of language pure, simple and shimmering." - The ScotsmanHeart-rippingly painful and joyously playful. A major prize-winning contender. - Sainsbury's magazinePacy and atmospheric, this tale of a girl attempting to dictate her own destiny is wickedly good - Eithne Farry, Marie Claire