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Magpie by Jill Dawson

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In the dead of night, Lily Waite and her 5-year-old son, Matthew, arrive at their new home on a council estate in East London; their only possessions, two suitcases and a bag of charred remains. Their past is a mystery, Matthew's father nowhere in evidence, and Lily resolute in her need for privacy. But Lily has to come to terms with the events that precipitated her flight from Yorkshire and, as she relaxes enough to allow new relationships into her and her son's life, the secrets of the past finally begin to relinquish their hold on the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340653852
ISBN-10: 034065385X
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 5-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Jill Dawson

Crime Writer by Jill Dawson Crime Writer, Paperback (February 2017)

By the Orange Prize-shortlisted Jill Dawson, a riveting novel that folds a brilliant portrait of Patricia Highsmith into a tale of duplicity, madness and murder - 'a creepy cracker' Mail on Sunday

Lucky Bunny by Jill Dawson Lucky Bunny, Paperback (May 2012)

By the Orange Prize and Whitbread shortlisted author of FRED AND EDIE, the riveting and vivacious tale of a 20th-century Moll Flanders.

Great Lover by Jill Dawson Great Lover, Paperback / softback (June 2010)

In her old age, Nell Golightly receives a strange letter. A Tahitian woman, claiming to be the daughter of the poet Rupert Brooke, writes to ask her to describe him. And to explain why all of England remembers him.

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UK Kirkus Review » A single mother, escaping from her native Yorkshire following the loss of husband and home, moves with her small son into an east end of London council flat, and struggles to re-assemble her life. A remarkable, shrewd, poetic, of-this-moment portrait of confusion, determination and courage that disturbs, illuminating today's implacable world. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Jill Dawson

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, The Great Lover, a Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2009, Lucky Bunny and The Tell-Tale Heart. In addition she has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry. Born in Durham, Jill Dawson grew up in Yorkshire. 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. In 2006 she received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her work. She lives in the Fens with her husband, two sons and foster daughter.

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