A Funeral for an Owl

By Jane Davis

General fiction, Young adult | Paperback, eBook


Under the guise of child protection, teacher/pupil relationships, including supportive friendships, have become taboo. So what sort of boy would convince two promising young teachers to risk their careers by breaching their professional code of conduct? Brought up in Wiltshire, Ayisha Emmanuelle has always believed that the best way to avoid trouble is by walking away from it. However, this isn’t an option when she is the first teacher on the scene after her colleague Jim Stevens is stabbed, intervening in a playground fight. In the aftermath, 14-year old Shamayal Thomas discloses to Ayisha that he and Jim are friends. Her first duty is to report suspicion of an inappropriate relationship, but imagining the headlines when someone who has been labeled a hero is found to be morally unfit, she hesitates, thereby implicating herself. All that she can do is wait to see if her decision is justified. And waiting is something Ayisha has never been very good at.


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Under the guise of child protection, teacher/pupil relationships, including supportive friendships, have become taboo. So what sort of boy would convince two promising young teachers to risk their careers by breaching their professional code of conduct? Brought up in Wiltshire, Ayisha Emmanuelle has always believed that the best way to avoid trouble is by walking away from it. However, this isn’t an option when she is the first teacher on the scene after her colleague Jim Stevens is stabbed, intervening in a playground fight. In the aftermath, 14-year old Shamayal Thomas discloses to Ayisha that he and Jim are friends. Her first duty is to report suspicion of an inappropriate relationship, but imagining the headlines when someone who has been labeled a hero is found to be morally unfit, sh...


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Jane Davis is the author of six novels. Her 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.' The Bookseller featured her in their 'One to Watch' section. Five further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread praise. Regularly compared to more seasoned authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell, Compulsion Reads describe Jane as 'a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless.' Her favourite description of fiction is 'made-up truth'. Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey, with her Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand.


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Jane Davis is the author of six novels. Her 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.' The Bookseller featured her in their 'One to Watch' section. Five further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread...


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9 June

'Jane Davis is an extraordinary writer, whose deft blend of polished prose and imaginative intelligence makes you feel in the safest of hands.' ~ Jill Marsh for Bookmuse '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. You can't help but fall in love with them.' ~ Compulsion Reads 'A multi-layered story that hooks you from the beginning.' ~ Liza Perrat, Author '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


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'Jane Davis is an extraordinary writer, whose deft blend of polished prose and imaginative intelligence makes you feel in the safest of hands.' ~ Jill Marsh for Bookmuse '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. You can't help but fall in love with them.' ~ Compulsion Reads 'A multi-layered story that hooks you from the beginning.' ~ Liza Perrat, Author '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...


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