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Jane Rogers

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Jane Rogers has written five novels & the script for the BBC adaptation of "Mr. Wroe's Virgins," directed by Danny Boyle & starring Minnie Driver & Jonathan Pryce. Her "Living Image" won the Somerset Maugham Award, & "Promised Lands" won the Writers Guild Award for best novel. She lives in vis mere Lancashire, England. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Jane Rogers

The Testament of Jessie Lamb (2011) 383 eksemplarer
Mr. Wroe's Virgins (1991) 156 eksemplarer
Good Fiction Guide (2001) — Redaktør — 154 eksemplarer
Island (1999) 76 eksemplarer
Promised Lands (1995) 68 eksemplarer
The Voyage Home (2004) 30 eksemplarer
Conrad & Eleanor (2016) 30 eksemplarer
The Ice is Singing (1987) 24 eksemplarer
Body Tourists (2019) 21 eksemplarer
Her Living Image (1984) 20 eksemplarer
New Writing 12 (2003) — Redaktør — 14 eksemplarer
Separate Tracks (1983) 13 eksemplarer
Hitting Trees with Sticks (2012) 11 eksemplarer
Meiner Mutter Haus. (2001) 3 eksemplarer
Myrtle's Guest (1952) 2 eksemplarer
Ellipsis 2 (2006) 2 eksemplarer
Northern Stories (1996) 1 eksemplar
The darkened road 1 eksemplar
Pals Help (2022) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Granta 52: Food : The Vital Stuff (1995) — Komponist — 146 eksemplarer
The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease (2009) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science (2011) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Bio-Punk: Stories from the Far Side of Research (2012) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer

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The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers i Booker Prize (september 2011)


A book of two parts, interwoven. One is a traditionally written historical novel set in the late 1700s which is a third person viewpoint of a man, William Dawes, who is apparently an actual historical person. He served in the Royal Marines and was employed as a surveyor and overseer of convicts working in a British colony in Australia which eventually became the city of Sydney, but his real passion was astronomy. He is dissatisfied with his position, forced to obey orders of the capricious governor who presides over the gradual extermination of the native population of the area by a combination of smallpox - which William is unable to prove was deliberately spread among them and to which the Europeans were immune thanks to immunisation - and the destruction of habitat and overfishing, which wiped out their foodsupply. Any attempt he makes to stand out against these orders on the basis of conscience is condemned even by the clergyman as being due to the sin of pride: of thinking himself better than anyone else. He is tormented by guilt over sexuality, as he is attracted to one of the women convicts, and troubled by friendship with another marine who he discovers is homosexual which in those days would be a hanging offence.

The other part of the story is made up of the interwoven first person narratives of a woman called Olla who originates from somewhere in eastern Europe in the (present day at the time of publication) 1980s and the man she has married, Stephen. They have a total disassociation of viewpoints. Olla has known a lot of hardship, including an abusive home with a drunken father and a brother with breathing problems who she had to try to protect. Stephen is from a privileged middle class background but has become what was known at the time as a 'lefty' with Marxist views etc, which eventually lead him to disaster when he and another man try to run a school along egalitarian lines. The marriage undergoes total breakdown when they have a son who to everyone else is disabled but who Olla believes is a latent genius and messiah.

The historical part of the book was interesting but the 'present day' narrative didn't appeal and seemed a bit too self-consciously literary and a way of avoiding writing a true historical, which at the time of publication was a genre mostly out of favour and only rehabilitated by combining it with mysteries as in the Cadfael novels. The author wrote a much better true historical novel, 'Mr Wroe's Virgins', so I had expected better and really can only award this a 2 star 'OK' rating and that on the basis of the 18th century component.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Very British, minimally post apocalyptic story about a sort of daft girl who thinks she can help save the world. I disliked the ending, due to my personal beliefs about pregnancy and children. I read this mostly from curiosity, since it got lots of good reviews.
kwskultety | 32 andre anmeldelser | Jul 4, 2023 |
The narrator often annoyed me. I realize that’s because she rang mostly true, and I just don’t like her. Maybe I ended up respecting her by the end.

The SF premise is interesting and watching it play out kept me going.
DDtheV | 32 andre anmeldelser | Jun 14, 2022 |
I'm a little surprised at the accolades that this book has received; I found it in the new book section of my public library, and thought it was misfiled YA apocalyptic fiction. I was interested to read at the beginning of the story that the disease which was attacking the population was a modification of Creutzfield-Jakob, which is part of the family of prion diseases that have fascinated me for a long time, but there was not much further discussion about it, since Jessie did not have much firsthand contact with anyone with the disease. Overall, I though the book was styled much more like a young adult novel than an adult science fiction novel. Perhaps the faulty genre is why I felt it rated lower than it might have otherwise.… (mere)
resoundingjoy | 32 andre anmeldelser | Jan 1, 2021 |



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