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A Funeral for an Owl – Jane Davis

Contemporary Fiction 5*'s
Contemporary Fiction

Everything changes for Jim the day he finds a pair of binoculars and picks them up. Kneeling on the back of the sofa looking out over the lamplight night from his London council flat he spots a barn owl. Using his trusty bird book for reference he begins to learn the Latin names for the birds that he spots down by the railway tracks. At the beginning of the summer holidays in 1992 Jim meets a girl near his favourite bird watching spot and the whole course of his life changes.

Set in London this story spans twenty years as the older Jim, now a teacher, reflects on his younger self to help Shamayal, but is Jim’s story strong and relevant enough to overcome the culture of the streets today?

Jane’s writing drew me in from the very first page with a school playground fight that certainly seemed only too real and believable. This fight would have consequences to all involved as Jim overstepped his boundary as a teacher to try to help Shamayal. The fact that Jim and Shamayal are both missing important people in their lives makes a deep impression on the way they act, as well as strongly influencing their hopes and dreams. Jane is one of those writers that make you really believe the story you are being told; the descriptions of places meant that I felt I was by the railway tracks, in the high-rise flat or in the school playground witnessing a fight, a true gift.

At times I found the story is heart-breaking, at others touching as the wonderful characters took up residence in my heart especially my favourite secondary character Bins. At times I was able to sympathise with each of characters, at others I wanted to shout at them but at no time did I stop caring about any of them. This to me is the true measure of a good read!

The eBook is available now and the paperback is due out on 1 December 2013 A Funeral for an Owl
I got to know Jane when she commented on one of my earliest reviews on Amazon for her award winning book Half-truths & White Lies – click on the cover to see my review
Half-truths and White Lies

It was her historical novel I Stopped Time: A Historical Novel that cemented the fact that she was now a must-read author. I loved this book so much as it tells a story using photographs.

Click on the cover to read my review.

I stopped time

Jane’s third book These Fragile Things  is set in the 1980’s which made for some fantastic nostalgia of my teenage years!
These Fragile Things

If you haven’t already done so please read the interview Jane Davis kindly gave me to celebrate the publication of A Funeral for an Owl.  Alternatively you can contact her using the following links

Website: where she posts interesting articles and interviews with authors
PinterestA Funeral for an Owl


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

13 thoughts on “A Funeral for an Owl – Jane Davis

  1. This novel kinda reminds me of “Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma”. I don’t know if I could handle another one of this sort right after putting that one down. But I will keep it in mind, because I do have a taste for novels that tackle tough topics and life experiences. And this one does sound like there’s some hope left in the world of the narrator, much unlike “Tony Hogan”.

    Cheers, Kaz 🙂


    1. I think you’ll find this is a book which has some wonderful characters that gives it a hopeful feel rather than just the sad realities of some peoples lives. I loved it because in a strange way it gives you faith in human nature… it has a good ending too which always helps!


  2. The Owl book sounds so good. The other books you have here look very good as well. Going to have to check them out. The covers are drawing me in. I LOVE covers.

    I also wanted to say thanks for stopping by my Waiting On Wednesday post. Wake is good, but I need to get the characters straightened out. 🙂

    There is a link for a giveaway below if you didn’t enter and want to.


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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your coments about the covers. Being so involved in the process of designing my own covers is one of the joys of being an indie author. I love photography, so I choose the images then pass them across of my graphic designer who adds a bit of magic. I’m so glad you like them.



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