An Unknown Woman Release

An Unknown Woman


Publication Details: Published 9 March 2015

Publisher: Jane Davis

Book Type: Paperback and e-book

Book Format: Paperback, Kindle, e-pub mobi

ISBN: 13: 978-1508578826



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


New Fiction from an Award-winning Author


CoverWhen you look in the mirror and ask the person staring back, 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 all they’ve achieved. They go out into the world separately: Ed with one eye on the future in the world of finance; Anita with one foot the past, a curator at Hampton Court Palace. This is the life she has chosen – choices that weren’t open to her mother’s generation – her dream job, equal partnership, freedom from the monotony of parenthood, living mortgage-free in a quirky old house she adores. The future seems knowable and secure.

But then Anita finds herself standing in the middle of the road watching her home and everything inside it burn to the ground. 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 that her mother has kept hidden, a taboo so unspeakable it can only be written about.

The reflection in the mirror may look the same. But everything has changed.

Authentic and heartbreaking, Davis’s intoxicating new novel is an exploration of identity, not as a fixed point, but as something fragile, shape-shifting and transient.



Jane Davis

Award-winning author of Half-truths and White Lies, I Stopped Time, These Fragile Things, A Funeral for an Owl, An Unchoreographed Life and An Unknown Woman.

To connect, visit my website or my Amazon Author Page, find me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter and Pinterest.

Life imitating art. The novel is very personal to me. In 2013, I took the decision to cut back on paid work, which meant selling the car and ridding myself of a lot of material baggage along the way. The book is in part an exploration of how our material possessions inform our identities. It begins with a couple standing in the road outside their house watching it burn to the ground. It is very recognisably my house. Then in February 2014, life repeated fiction when my sister lost her house and everything in it to the winter floods. This event changed the shape of the book I was writing and took it in a new direction.

When the mother/daughter bond is absent: It is also personal because my elderly neighbour gifted me his story and gave me permission to write about it. His wife had very much wanted a child, but when their daughter was born, his wife was unable to bond with her. This wasn’t post natal depression, but an active dislike which worsened over the years. They never acknowledged it, never spoke about it, but it was always there.  My neighbour spent his married life trying to compensate, being both mother and father to their daughter. I thought that I was telling the story of one family, but several of my beta readers responded with details of very similar experiences, either relating to their relationships with their children or their  mothers, and they were glad that it had been written about. (Possibly not one for Mother’s day!)


Praise for the Author

‘When a story pulls you into it so you care about the characters and believe in every moment you’re with them, and in addition the quality of writing enriches your experience, you’ve found something special. That’s how I feel about Jane Davis’ work.’ Jean Gill, Author and Photographer

‘That Jane Davis is an important new writer is a given.’ Grady Harp, reviewer

‘Davis is a phenomenal writer, whose ability to create well rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless.’ Compulsion Reads

‘Jane is not afraid to get stuck into some meaty themes and present her characters with thought-provoking emotional dilemmas.’ Sharon Avidreader

‘I read all Jane’s novels and I could not pick my favourite. They are all different, but they hold one similarity, namely the author’s gift of storytelling.’ Anna from Poland

‘This author never fails to make you think about wider issues.’ MIF

‘Clever stories, brilliantly told.’ Sarah Diss

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

‘Davis has an incredible knack for making everything count.’ Amie McCracken

‘Davis really does bring characters to life, mothers, fathers, friends, teachers are all perfectly described along with their actions and reactions to events.’ Cleo Bannister


Davis, Jane: A Funeral for an Owl

I have a wonderful, personal message to all of you from Author Jane Davis.

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Dear Friends,

It is with great delight on this grey and miserable November  morning (are those hailstones bouncing down the chimney?) that I am  announcing the launch of my new novel, A Funeral for an Owl. Many  of you have already been part of the process with extremely valuable feedback on  early drafts, proof-reading, book cover design and much-needed IT support (thank  you, Jack Naisbett, thank you!) and I will be eternally  grateful.

It would be great if you  could:

  • Share the information below with book-loving  family, friends and colleagues via Facebook, Twitter or other magical  social mediums of your choice.
  • Don’t stop there. Strike up conversations with complete  strangers about A Funeral for an Owl. Tell the lady at the bus-stop about it, and the man in the queue in front of you  at the supermarket.
  • If you belong to a book club – and I know many of you do –  please consider ‘Owl’ when it is your month to choose the next read.
  • Post a review of Amazon or Goodreads.
  • ‘Like’ the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
  • Ask your local bookshops if they stock books by Jane  Davis.              
  • Don’t feel obliged to read it  yourself. If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas, books make lovely  gifts. I have hundreds of the blooming things arriving next week and I would be  very happy to write a personal dedication in my truly  appalling hand-writing. Postage costs £3 approx. Be warned: If I  hand-deliver them to you, I will demand tea and biscuits.
  • Do read on. You are just getting to the good bit. And there  are pictures!

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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…

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.’

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Early reviews:

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 today, click here.

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

Jane Davis, award-winning author of Half-truths and White Lies,  I Stopped Time, These Fragile Things and A Funeral for an Owl.
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