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‘… reminds me of being inside a kaleidoscope; colourful, surreal, real, poignant and offering an ever-changing, intense view of what it means to be human.’  Amazon Reviewer.

‘If you want to laugh and cry and stamp and cheer – all in the space of a few hours of reading – then this book is one for you. Highly recommended.’ Bookmuse

Twenty years of change. One person who cares

A photograph of a barn owl in flight.

“The wings, all spread out and that? They’re kind of like an angel’s.”
He’s right.It’s Aimee’s owl, Aimee’s angel.

Times have changed.
Jim Stevens teaches history. Haunted by his own, he still believes everyone can learn from the past.

14-year-old Shamayal Thomas trusts no one. Not the family, not the gang. And at school, trusting people is forbidden.

“If you decide you gotta pick up that phone, you tell me first so that I can disappear myself. Because I ain’t havin’ none of that.”

The best way to avoid trouble, thinks Ayisha Emmanuelle, is to avoid confrontation. As an inner-city schoolteacher, she does a whole lot of avoidance.

One shocking event – a playground stabbing – leaves a life hanging in the balance. Two teachers risk their careers to help a boy who has nothing.
Three worlds intersect and connect, regardless of the rules.
History doesn’t always repeat itself.

A powerful exploration of the ache of loss set in a landscape where broken people can heal each other.

‘All the heartbreak of A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) and then some. Imagine Billy Casper living in South London in the 1990s.’


Praise for A Funeral for an Owl

‘A multi-layered story that hooks you from the beginning.’ Liza Perrat, Author

‘An incredible eye for character.’  Compulsion Reads

‘Jane Davis has the insight and sensitivity of a great writer.’  Awesome Indies

‘Jane reminds me of Margaret Atwood, in that all her books are very different and seem to be written in different voices. The quality and readability is consistent in all her works and I would heartily recommend this grittier tale of modern urban living.’  Peter Snell, Bookseller

‘Everything about this novel surprised me – from the title to the final page it was a joy.’ Gillian Hamer

‘Every once in awhile you read a book that really makes you stop and think about the relationships people have with other people or family members that shapes their whole future. I believe that this is one of those books.’ Theresa

‘Don’t you just live a book which has you gripped from the first sentence?’ Lisbeth

Chosen by Chantelle Atkins as her indie book of the month February 2018. 

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A Funeral for an Owl: JJ Marsh interviews Jane Davis

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Publication Details:

Published: 20 November 2013
Publisher: Jane Davis
Book Type: Book
Book Format: Paperback/Kindle Edition/epub/mobi
ISBN 10: 1493504088
ISBN 13: 978-1493504084

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