Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£8.99|
Save £5.50 (61%)
An Unknown Woman: Winner of Writing Magazine’s Self-published Book of the Year Award 2016 Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
And it's this theme of loss that Jane Davis explores in this novel.
Her starting point is a devastating house fire in which her characters, Anita and Ed, lose everything they own.
They're a married couple in their forties, living in Surrey and commuting to their respective jobs in London. Childless by choice, they seem, on the face of it, to have a good life. But when their house burns down it's not just their possessions they're stripped of. All aspects of their life are laid bare.
The narrative sees Anita and Ed question everything about their lives and to realise that they may not want the same things after all.
The story is told mainly from Anita's point of view but significant parts of it are also related through the eyes of Anita's parents, Ron and Patti, who're dealing with identity issues of their own. And Ed's voice comes through too.
The story builds slowly, and along with the exploration of identity, the issues of maternal instinct, post-natal depression, family bonds and marital fidelity are also in the mix. And through it all there's the question of how we see ourselves and how others see us, and of what it is that makes us who we are.
And the literary element of the story is beautifully overlaid with the warmth and vibrancy that comes from well-fleshed out and sympathetic characters. As a reader you care about the characters. There's a credibility and authenticity to their story, to their hopes and fears.
Davis has a light touch. She writes with subtlety and nuance. And she does that most important of things, something many writers of literary fiction fail to do, she tells a good story.
...Im not all the way through this book yet but it was recommended to me via the WomenWritersSchool (thanks Laurie!). I have to say it has me hooked and I am really enjoying it, first time I've picked up a book like that in a good while. It makes excellent reading and I cant wait to get back into it this evening, you can picture the images as you're reading. Will certainly be looking Jane Davis out again for more good reads and delighted I've found a new author! Thank you Jane.
No spoilers - it will ruin your enjoyment! But I loved it!
But what she finds there, as she unearths a family secret, ensures that life will never be the same again. An Unknown Woman is about identity, belonging and family. Jane Davis is an assured writer and is particularly skilled at characterisations and creating a sense of place. Her sharp observations of modern day Liverpool, a city I know well, invoked such a sense of place that the city itself became a character.
This novel is a moving tribute to the unrealised potential of all those mothers from earlier generations, who set aside their own career aspirations so that women, like me, could go out into the world and lead a different kind of life.
Life can change so quickly and we have to learn exactly who we are and our place in the world.
What do you have left when you lose everything? This book isn’t just a story, It gives you the opportunity and apparatus to examine your own life and the things you cling to.
The first time I read it, it was a beta copy - looking for typos, inconsistences etc. I missed out so much doing that, that I was unsure about this book. However, knowing how much I had enjoyed all of Jane's other books, I told her that I would re-read the finished version. Boy, I am so glad I did because it is really good.
As with all of Jane's books, I got so engrossed with the characters. They are always so believable. You end up thinking, how would I cope with what has been thrown at the main character Anita? The devastation of the fire, then all the 'certainties' around her being being pulled from beneath her, piece by piece. Each raising questions/uncertainties which could lead to life-changing results.
I am SO glad I re-read this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone (along with all of Jane's other books).
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Anyone who has ever had their lives turned upside down: the roots of their identity twisted into unfamiliar shapes;the certainty...Read more