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Jane Rogers

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  • Jane Rogers was born in London in 1952 and lived in Birmingham, New York State (Grand Island) and Oxford, before doing an English degree at Cambridge University. She taught English for 6 years before the publication of her first novel, Separate Tracks. Since then she has written eight novels including Mr Wroe's Virgins, Island, The Voyage Home and most recently The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press), as well as original and adapted work for television and radio drama. In 1994 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently Professor of Writing on the MA course at Sheffield Hallam University. She lives near Manchester with her partner and two children. In 2009 her story 'Hitting Trees With Sticks' was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Prize. In 2011 her novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
    'Enjoyable to the point of addiction.'
    Mslexia 
    'Rogers displays a knack for drawing on life's subtle and uncanny parallels.'
    TLS
    'A set of cliche-free stories that rarely end up where you'd expect.'
    The Independent
    'A fitting nod to the glory of fiction.'
    The Guardian
    'Warm, wise, insightful, sharply observed and beautifully written – each story is a world in microcosm.'
    Marina Lewycka
    'Thrilling, ambitious stories that cross continents and soar from cells to stars.'
    Maggie Gee
    'There is nothing predictable about a Jane Rogers story. She has the confidence and skill to inhabit many different voices and different worlds. She slides the reader, in imagination, to a snow-bound France, to Africa, to the Caribbean: she takes us into offices and libraries, under the sea and into the forest, and also into the vast untrodden country of memory that we carry around inside. Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating.'
    Hilary Mantel
    Awards won by Jane Rogers Winner, 2013 Edge Hill Short Story Prize
    (Hitting Trees with Sticks)
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