Jill Dawson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, short story writer, anthologist and screenwriter. Her nine novels have to date earned her short-listings for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread, the Folio Prize and the Fiction Uncovered Award. She is renowned for stories that deal with nature versus nuture, with love and with landscape, but also with a healthy dose of the uncanny.
She says, 'All my work has time slips where the past (and sometimes the future) appear in the present. To me these are quite ordinary occurrences….little rents in the curtain of reality that normally prevails'.
Her latest novel, The Crime Writer, is a fictionalised biography of the novelist Patricia Highsmith.
Jill lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens with her husband, the architect Meredith Bowles.
The Crime Writer is published by Sceptre.