SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARDJess Richards' stunning debut will show you crows who become statues and sisters who get tangled in each other's hair, keys that talk and ghosts who demand to be buried. She combines a page-turning narrative and a startlingly original voice with the creation and subversion of myths.ON AN ISLAND OFFTHE EDGE OF THE MAP,BOYS ARE DISAPPEARINGThe day the tall men come from the mainland to trade, Mary's little brother goes missing.She needs to find him. She needs to know a secret that no-one else can tell her.
Jess Richards was born in Wales in 1972, and grew up too fast in south west Scotland where she lived with her English parents and three brothers, watching the ferry boats going to and from Northern Ireland. She left home at 17, went over the border to England, and lived for a year in Carlisle, before moving to Devon. She gained a first class degree from Dartington College of Arts when she was 21. After brief stints busking and carrying on in both Leeds and London, she moved to Brighton aged 23 where she has grown up a bit slower, and has lived and worked ever since. Her debut novel, SNAKE ROPES, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize.www.jessrichards.comwww.twitter.com/jessgrr1