Jaq Hazell is an award winning British/Irish author. Her novel My Life as a Bench won the International Rubery Book of the Year 2017 and the Carousel Aware Prize Best Young Adult Book 2017. Her debut novel, psychological thriller I Came to Find a Girl was included in the Telegraph’s Best Crime Fiction of 2015 and shortlisted for the Virginia Prize. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Jane Austen Short Story Prize and she has published London Tsunami & Other Stories.
Born near Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, to an Irish mother and an English father, Jaq studied textile design at Nottingham Trent University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London.
She has worked as a greetings cards designer, journalist and magazine editor. She lives in London with her partner and their two daughters.
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RUBERY AWARD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
WINNER OF THE CAROUSEL AWARE PRIZE BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK 2017
‘Moving and unforgettable’ Rubery Book Award
‘Deep and intriguing’ Times of India
‘A little gem with love, loss and life within its pages,’ Netgalley
‘An author to watch’ Telegraph
‘The heroine’s voice is delightful, honest and humorous’ School Library Journal
‘The understanding of violent death and subsequent grief carry across all generations . . . fascinating’ Nudge
‘A strange, beautiful, sad book, and the chances are that you won’t have read anything like it before’ A Bookish Musician
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