A Funeral for an Owl

Genre: General Fiction

For Fans Of

Maggie O'Farrell, Rachel Joyce and Ali Smith.

Book Summary

A schoolyard stabbing sends wingbeats echoing from the past.
One shocking event. Two teachers risk their careers to help a boy who has nothing. Three worlds intersect and collide.
‘If you want to laugh and cry and stamp and cheer – all in the space of a few hours – then this book is the one for you.’ Bookmuse
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.

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

Jim Stevens teaches history. Haunted by his own, he still believes everyone can learn from the past. History doesn’t always have to repeat itself.

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

Fresh, funny, heartbreaking and real, this original and compassionate study of when to break the rules and why is perfect for fans of Maggie O'Farrell, Rachel Joyce and Ali Smith.

“A perfect balance of gritty and feel-good.”

“...offers an ever-changing, intense view of what it means to be human.”

"...absolutely nails the moral dilemmas we live with in a modern society that is supposed to protect the most vulnerable."


‘Jane Davis is an extraordinary writer, whose deft blend of polished prose and imaginative intelligence makes you feel in the safest of hands.’ ~ J J Marsh, Triskele Books

‘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. Recommended without reservation.’ ~ Bookmuse

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

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

‘Author Jane Davis has an incredible eye for character. She lavishes her considerable talents on developing her main protagonists into vibrant characters, filled with so much depth that you can’t help but fall in love with them.’ ~ Compulsion Reads

‘A Funeral for an Owl is a multi-layered story that hooks you from the beginning, and which you don’t want to end.’ ~ Liza Perrat, Author

‘A Funeral for an Owl absolutely nails the moral dilemmas we live with in a modern society that is supposed to protect the most vulnerable.’ ~ The Book Witch, Blogger

‘Jane reminds me of Margaret Atwood, in that all her books are very different and seem to me 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

‘Here is a confident and individual voice, writing fluently and interestingly. In A funeral for an Owl she tells an original and moving story about something important.’ ~ Tanya Aydon, Reader

‘Every once in a while 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.’ ~ Kindle Customer

‘Believable fiction at its best.’ ~ Amazon Reviewer

‘This author never fails to make you think about wider issues.’ ~ Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

My debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as 'A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.' Six further novels, which straddle the contemporary, historical, literary and women’s fiction genres, have earned comparisons to authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell. My 2016 novel An Unknown Woman won Writing Magazine's Self-published Book of the Year Award. My favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’.

I live in Carshalton, Surrey with my Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When I am not writing, you may spot me disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand.

To learn more about my current projects, visit my website: www.jane-davis.co.uk. Subscribe to www.jane-davis.co.uk/newsletter to get your free copy of I Stopped Time.

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