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At the Stroke of Nine O'Clock: A chance meeting. An unlikely alliance. A common cause. by [Jane Davis]

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Editorial Reviews

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'This is the first time I have come across this author, and what a revelation! She writes stunning prose that keeps the pages turning. She understands her women, their faults, and the way they pull together when the chips are down. Some succeed, but too many, like poor Ruth Ellis, fall between the cracks. In this telling, the reader feels that not only should Ruth not have been hanged, but she should never have been found guilty. Highly recommended.' ~ Historical Novel Society, Editor's Choice

A foreboding sense of doom lingers on every page, capturing the unforgiving social mores and oppression.' ~ The Lady Magazine


'Another triumph from indie author Jane Davis in this gloriously gritty novel that engages head-on with a post-war London struggling to re-boot itself and wider society.' ~

'This is a well-crafted story that brilliantly depicts the place of women in post-war England and the injustices they suffered.' ~ Grace Masso for Reader's Favourite

  'An extraordinary novel so rich and detailed you emerge feeling as if you've just watched a classic film.' ~ JJ Marsh, author

'I didn't so much read as consume this book.' ~ Vivienne Tufnell, author  

'You are in the sure hands of a mistress of the written word.' ~ Alison Morton, author  

'An author in total control of her craft.' ~ Martin Hamilton  

'Perfectly captures the spirit of an age, the transition between pre- and post-war Britain and the changing role of women.' ~ Kathleen Jones, author  

'Before the reform of an archaic legal system, before second-wave feminism, before the #MeToo movement, the idea that the future is yours to make as a woman is an illusion.' ~ Book Witch  

'One of the best books I've read this year.' ~ Denny  

'Portrays the gut-wrenching unfairness of life with ironies and bad timing worthy of Hardy. But there is always the possibility of redemption.' ~ Jean Gill, author

 'An exceptional writer with a unique voice' ~ Bookaholic  

'An author who always delivers the goods.' ~ Ali Bacon, author  

'Davis has a light touch. She writes with subtlety and nuance. And she does something many writers of literary fiction fail to do: she tells a good story.' ~ Put It In Writing Book Blog  

'Davis isn't just good; she's phenomenally good.' ~ Debra Hewitt

About the Author

Hailed by The Bookseller as 'One to Watch', Jane Davis writes thought-provoking literary page turners with a strong commercial edge.

Her first novel, 'Half-Truths and White Lies', won an award which aimed to find 'the next Joanne Harris'. Further recognition followed in 2016 with 'An Unknown Woman' being named Self-Published Book of the Year by Writing Magazine/the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust, and in 2019 with 'Smash all the Windows' winning the inaugural Selfies Book Award.

Interested in how people behave under pressure, Jane introduces her characters when they are in highly volatile situations and then, in her words, she throws them to the lions. The themes she explores are diverse, ranging from pioneering female photographers, to relatives seeking justice for the victims of a fictional disaster.

Her latest novel, 'At the Stroke of Nine O'Clock', was published in July 2020. Set in post-war London, and featuring three very different women whose worlds collide, it has been featured by The Lady Magazine as one of their favourite books set in the 1950s, selected as a Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice, and shortlisted for the Selfies Book Awards 2021.

Jane Davis lives in Carshalton, Surrey, in what was originally the ticket office for a Victorian pleasure gardens, known locally as 'the gingerbread house'. Her house frequently features in her fiction. In fact, she burnt it to the ground in the opening chapter of 'An Unknown Woman'. It continues to provide a rich source of inspiration. Her work in progress asks the question why one man would choose to open a pleasure gardens at a time when so many others were facing bankruptcy.

When she isn't writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand.

Find out more about Jane at:
Website: jane-davis.co.uk
Get a FREE copy of her time-slip, photography-themed eBook, I Stopped Time, when you sign up to her mailing list at jane-davis.co.uk/newsletter

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08B1PCTC1
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 13, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1296 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 428 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 56 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flavors and styles of the 50s London come alive in heartbreaking story of three women
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't so much read as consume this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and wonderfully written novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, thought-provoking, beautifully written
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