September 15, 2011

Jill Dawson: Lucky Bunny

Posted in Dawson Jill at 8:00 am by John Self

I’ve reviewed Jill Dawson’s new novel Lucky Bunny for the Guardian. You can read the review by clicking here.

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  1. Clare D said,

    Great review, John. Jill Dawson is one of my favourite writers – I particularly liked Wild Boy. She evokes a period and a voice so well.

  2. John Self said,

    Do you know, Clare, Wild Boy is the only one of her novels since Fred and Edie that I haven’t read! Must correct that…

  3. Clare D said,

    Oooh yes, please do! I’d really be interested to read what you think.

  4. Kevin J MacLellan said,

    Hi John,
    You nailed it. This is an excellent review of an enticing book. In a short space you’ve made me think I’m missing out on something grand. (I am not familiar with Jill Dawson’s work, but this assessment will likely change that.)
    Is she well known in the States? (I.e. am I just out of the loop?) or is she a British phenomenon still waiting to go abroad? I guess, I shall have to find out.
    Well done (and Congrats on making the Guardian’s list of reviewers!!)

  5. John Self said,

    Thanks Kevin. I suspect Dawson is not well known – perhaps not even published? – in the US. Her subjects tend, though not exclusively, to be British and sometimes (as in here or in Fred and Edie, a good place to start) are written in a strong British English ‘voice’, or elsewhere (as in Watch Me Disappear) have a strong geographical link to the UK, and specifically the Cambridge Fens where Dawson lives. None of which, of course, is a good reason for her not to be read or enjoyed by a US reader, but which may be an excuse for her not being widely available or known there.

  6. Neil Ansell said,

    I have never heard of Jill Dawson before, but as usual you have written your review in a way that makes me want to rush out and read it at once.

  7. kimbofo said,

    Great review, but unfortunate spelling error in the standfirst!

    • John Self said,

      Yes Kim, it looks as though the subeditor was torn between likeable and likable and got neither!

  8. gaskella said,

    Great review. I really enjoyed this book, and was charmed by Queenie and her optimistic sense of self-belief.

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