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Sadie Jones's Biography

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Sadie Jones was born and grew up in London.

Sadie Jones's mother was an actress and her father is Jamaican poet Evan Jones.

She went to Godolphin and Latymer, where she got 4 O-Levels. She later took A-levels at a technical college.

When she was 22, Sadie Jones was signed up by the William Morris agency as a screenwriter, but it was only when she was 40 that she came to widespread public attention with the publication of her first novel, The Outcast.

The Outcast was well reviewed and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

In an interview with Sadie Jones about The Outcast on the Harper Collins website, Sadie Jones comments: "Drinking, like ways of expressing love, or violence, is passed down through families."

As well as being shortlisted for The Orange Prize, The Outcast received media plaudits. It was selected as a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and in 2008 it was on the influential Richard & Judy summer read shortlist.

All the success for The Outcast comes in contrast to Sadie Jones's expectations.

She told The Bookseller: "I never thought anyone would read it! I was so daunted at the thought of writing a novel, I felt so ill-equipped. There's a ­tuning-fork moment which you're always trying to get to—that bit where you feel you've nailed the narrative. I'm aiming for that all the time, first in sentences, then building up in scale. I felt that was so flawed and I couldn't do it, and didn't get it right, but was always trying."

Her second novel Small Wars was published in 2009 and her third The Uninvited Guests came out in 2012.

She has face blindness.

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