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Self-Published Book of the Year 2016, awarded by Writing Magazine/the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust

Short-listed for Book Viral’s 2016 Book Award

‘For readers looking for a novel with a deeper subtext, this is as good as it gets.’ Book Viral

A SELF-e Top Book of 2016

‘An intensely human story that feels ripped from the pages of someone’s personal diary.’  The Chocolate Lady’s Book Reviews

If we are what we own, who are we when we own nothing?

Look in the mirror and ask yourself a question.
Who are you?
Do you know the answer?

At the age of forty-six, Anita Hall knows exactly who she is. She has lived with partner Ed for fifteen years and is proud of the life they’ve built. They go out into the world separately: Ed with one eye on the future in the world of finance; Anita with one foot in the past, a curator at Hampton Court Palace. This is the life she has chosen – choices unavailable to her mother’s generation – her dream job, equal partnership, free of children, living in a quirky old house she adores. She is happy. Their foundations are solid and their future seems secure.That was before the fire.

Anita stands in the middle of the road watching her home and everything inside it burn to the ground. She and Ed have nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Fifteen years of memories gone up in smoke.

Before she can come to terms with the magnitude of her loss, hairline cracks begin to appear in her perfect relationship. And returning to her childhood home in search of comfort, she stumbles upon the secret her mother has kept hidden, a taboo so unspeakable it can only be written down.The reflection in the mirror may look the same. But everything has changed. She thought she knew who she was. But not any more.

Authentic and heartbreaking, this intoxicating new novel by award-winner Jane Davis is an exploration of identity, not as a fixed point, but as something fragile, shape-shifting and transient.


Praise for An Unknown Woman

‘Exemplary writing. An outstanding publication in every way.’ Writing Magazine

‘Few writers are so adept at capturing the emotions of their characters.’ Book Viral


‘A thought-provoking story that examines loss, identity and secrets, An Unknown Woman will have you turning the pages right to the end.’  Bookmuse

‘Simple, elegant and stunning’ – Peter Snell, Bookseller

‘I just adored it!’ Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels


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Shortlisted for Book Viral’s 2016 Book Award

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Publication Details:

Published: March 9, 2015
Publisher: Jane Davis
Book Type: Book
Book Format: Paperback, epub, mobi, PDF
ISBN 10: 1508578826
ISBN 13: 978-1508578826

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