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The Estate of Siobhan Dowd

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About The Estate of Siobhan Dowd

Siobhan’s first novel, A SWIFT PURE CRY, was published in 2004 to great critical acclaim and was followed quickly by three more multi-award winning titles; THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY, BOG CHILD and SOLACE OF THE ROAD.  Her titles have been nominated for over 65 awards. Before her writing career began Siobhan worked for the writers’ organisation PEN and her work both in the UK and US included founding and leading the Rushdie defence committee and travelling widely to investigate human rights conditions for writers.

SOLACE OF THE ROAD, THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY and BOG CHILD have all been adapted for the stage.

Siobhan died in 2007 but left behind not only four memorable novels but also the roots of others. One such idea became A MONSTER CALLS (Walker) which Patrick Ness wrote inspired by her opening salvo and was illustrated by Jim Kay. In 2016, A MONSTER CALLES was adapted into a film starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones.

Robin Stevens, author of the MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE mysteries, helped continue Siobhan’s legacy with THE GUGGENHEIM MYSTERY, a sequel to THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY, published in 2018 from Puffin Books.