My Counterfeit Self

Genre: General Fiction

For Fans Of

Margaret Forster, Ali Smith and Penelope Lively

Book Summary

From the award-winning author of Half-truths and White Lies and An Unknown Woman, comes an emotional story of hidden identities, complicated passions and tangled truths.

A rose garden. A woman with white hair. An embossed envelope from the palace.

Lucy Forrester, for services to literature, you are nominated for a New Year’s Honour.

Her hands shake. But it’s not excitement. It’s rage. For five decades, she’s performed angry poems, attacked government policy on everything from Suez to Trident, chained herself to embassy railings, marched, chanted and held placards high.
Lucy knows who she is. Rebel, activist, word-wielder, thorn in the side of the establishment. Not a national bloody treasure.

Whatever this is – a parting gesture, a final act of revenge, or the cruellest of jokes – it can only be the work of one man. Dominic Marchmont, outspoken literary critic and her on/off lover of fifty years, whose funeral begins in under an hour.

Perhaps, suggests husband Ralph, the invitation isn’t the insult it seems? What if Dominic – the man they both loved – has left her an opportunity?

Perfect for fans of Margaret Forster, Ali Smith and Penelope Lively, this compelling portrayal of the bohemian life of an activist poet, the men she loves, and the issues she fights for will leave you thinking long after you turn the final page.


'Completely gripping, excellently written and so skilfully put together, I can't recommend My Counterfeit Self highly enough.' ~ Isabel Wolff, author of Ghostwritten

'Davis has the knack of evoking atmosphere and place extremely well. This is a novel that deals with serious and thought-provoking subjects. It's one I recommend if you want a meaty read.' ~ Harriet Steel

'A bold book that explores emotional pain as well as political and social issues.' Margarita Morris
'A deeply satisfying ending.' ~ PR

'Utterly absorbing. Jane Davis has written another little masterpiece.' Linda Carol

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.

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