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Daily Mail First Novel Award-winner has done it AGAIN!

 

A FUNERAL FOR AN OWL by JANE DAVIS

Out now as an e-book and arriving in paperback 27th November

Everything changes for Jim Stevens the day he finds a pair of binoculars and picks them up. Kneeling on the back of his sofa, looking out over the lamplit night from his London council flat, he spots a barn owl…

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Author, Jane Davis, has earned her fast-growing loyal fan-base by tackling a broad range of subjects through her fiction. From experimental photography to near-death experience, religious visions to sex addiction, it isn’t her style to shy away from ‘big’ subjects. Of her latest release, A Funeral for an Owl, Davis says, ‘The influence missing persons hold over our lives was something that I had tentatively explored, but I found myself drawn to the Missing Persons ads in The Metro, the 14 and 15-year-olds who are simply slipping between the cracks because their stories aren’t sufficiently high-profile to land them on the front pages. I looked into the facts and the statistics are simply staggering. An estimated 100,000 children ‘run away’ from home each year. Shockingly, of those, a quarter are actually forced out of their homes by parents or carers and two-thirds are not even reported as missing. I found a particularly poignant quote from Lady Catherine Meye: “We can’t establish for certain how many children are missing. You’d have more chance of finding a stray dog.” And so I asked myself, what if some of the rules put in place to protect children actually deprive the most vulnerable of confidential counsel from someone they trust? When I was growing up, we had a wonderful teacher who operated an open-house, providing a safe haven for those who were struggling, no questions asked. Today, in an environment when any relationship between teachers and pupils outside the classroom is taboo, she would be sacked. I think that’s terribly sad.’

Compulsion Reads, who have championed Davis’s previous novels, These Fragile Things and I Stopped Time, have also given A Funeral for an Owl their gold seal of approval. Co-owner Leslie Ramey says, ‘The Compulsion Reads evaluation system is built upon assessing and endorsing those indie novels that possess the foundational components of a good story, including well-developed characters, strong pacing, a well-researched world and a powerful overall voice.’ 

Compulsion Reads: A Funeral for an Owl is an absolutely beautiful story, written with an intensity that will suck you into the disparate lives of Jim, Ayisha and Shamayal. Author Jane Davis lavishes her considerable talents on developing her main protagonists into vibrant characters, filled with so much depth that you can’t help but intuitively understand them.

Cleopatra Loves Books: Jane is one of those writers who makes you really believe the story you are being told; the descriptions of places meant that I felt I was by the railway tracks, in the high-rise flat or in the school playground witnessing a fight, a true gift.

To treat yourself to a e-book, click here.

You can read Jane’s interview for Cleopatra Loves Books in full here. Alternatively you can contact Jane using the following links

Website: where she posts interesting articles and interviews with authors
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