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About F.J. Campbell
FJ Campbell is the author of No Number Nine (out March 2018) and The Islanders, inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd (due 2019).
FJ was born by the seaside, moved around a lot, went to several different schools (long story) and has lived in England, France, Germany and Switzerland.
FJ loves reading: favourite authors include Caitlin Moran, Curtis Sittenfeld, E. Lockhart, Chris Cleave, Liane Moriarty, Colleen Hoover, Thomas Hardy, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Tana French, Kate Atkinson. Favourite books include I Capture the Castle, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Middlesex, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Rachel Papers, Birdsong, The Power, Barracuda.
S/he loves sport - doing it (a lot) and watching it (a bit) and has been to three Olympic Games.
FJ has been fired only once, from an au pair job.
FJ began writing in 2014, when s/he re-read Far from the Madding Crowd and decided that Bathsheba Everdene was a brilliant, modern, feminist character and had the idea for a 'remake' set in a boarding school in Dorset.
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"It has the potential to be a classic" - Matt Rudd, journalist and author
" The Islanders is a fantastic read - a sexy, intelligent, romantic story about the lives and loves of a group of teenagers at a boarding school. It is sure to appeal to fans of E Lockhart." - Sam Mills, author
A young adult novel inspired by Thomas Hardy's classic love story, Far from the Madding Crowd. Readers will adore this beautiful retelling of a timeless coming-of-age story, even if they know what happened to Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors.
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"I really enjoyed this latest book by FJ Campbell. It was a perfect read for these difficult times; a coming-of-age story about family, friendship, first loves and self discovery. The book invokes a sense of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the 80's and the plot kept me hooked. Once I started reading I found it difficult to put down and devoured the book in a single day."