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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 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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What theme was the basis for A Funeral for an Owl?
Jane:  In my own life, the influenceof those who are missing is as great, and possibly greater still, than thosewho are present. The fact that someone is absent creates the ultimate What if? question, the question all authors toy with when thinking about the premise for their plots.

I had explored this the theme of missing persons tentatively in my previous fiction, but while writing Owl I found myself studying the Missing Persons ads in The Metro, the fourteen and fifteen-year-oldswhose stories aren't sufficiently high-profile to land them on the pages ofnewspapers. They are simply slipping between the cracks. And so I looked intothe facts. One in ten children 'run away' from home before they reach the ageof sixteen, an estimated 100,000 every year. Shockingly, a quarter of thoseyoung people are actually forced out of their homes by parents or carers.Two-thirds are not reported to the police as missing. That's 75,000 childrenfor whom a Missing Persons ad will never be placed. All of these children arehighly vulnerable, at risk of substance abuse, sexual exploitation andhomelessness. Mobile phones and social networking sites have made it eveneasier to target them. I include a particularly poignant quote from LadyCatherine Meye at the beginning of my novel."We can't establish for certain how many children are missing. You'd have morechance of finding a stray dog." 

But what if some of the rules thatare put in place with the best of intentions - to protect children - actuallydeprive the most vulnerable of confidential counsel from someone they trust? Iappreciate that not everyone will agree with that view but, when I was growingup, we had a wonderful teacher who operated an open-house and provided a safeplace for those who were struggling at home, no questions asked. It wassurprising who would turn up at her door. Today, in an environment when anyrelationship between teachers and pupils outside the classroom is taboo, shewould be sacked. I think that's terribly sad. Fiction provides a uniqueopportunity to tell one side of a story through the eyes of one or twocharacters. It's not the whole picture by any means, but it is one aspect ofit.

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  • File Size: 2302 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF4TBRI
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