Authors Electric: Kathleen Jones


Kathleen's ebooks are: 


                             Katherine Mansfield: The Story Teller


The Sun's Companion


                                 Margaret Forster: A Life In Books


Three and Other Stories     Margaret Cavendish: A Glorious Fame


Christina Rossetti: Learning Not To Be First


A Passionate Sisterhood: The Sisters, Wives and Daughters of the Lake Poets 


          Born and brought up on a hill farm in the north of England, Kathleen Jones read law and then English Literature at university before specialising in early women writers - work that culminated in ‘A Glorious Fame’, the life of the 17th century Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published by Bloomsbury.

          She spent several years in Africa and the Middle East - where she worked in English broadcasting - before returning to England.   Her published work includes radio journalism, articles for magazines and newspapers, short fiction and eleven books - a mixture of biography, general non-fiction and two poetry collections.  

Her biographies include:- A Passionate Sisterhood (Virago) - an account of the lives of the women who lived with the ‘lake poets’, which was reviewed in the TLS as ‘a fascinating, marvellous, utterly absorbing book . . . the stuff your English teacher never told you.’:  

Christina Rossetti: Learning not to be First, (OUP) which was Doris Lessing’s book of the year’, and a biography of Catherine Cookson (Time Warner), which the Literary Review described as ‘a compelling account’ of Cookson’s life and work. The reviewer added that ‘Kathleen Jones is a skilled and subtle biographer’.

Her latest biography The Story-teller, is an account of the life of Katherine Mansfield and was published by Penguin in 2010 and Edinburgh University Press as a paperback in December 2011.   Her latest collection of poetry, Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21, winner of the Straid Collection award, was published by Templar Poetry in November 2011.

Kathleen’s home is in Cumbria, but as her partner is a sculptor working in Italy she spends a lot of time flying between the two on budget airlines. She has taught creative writing in a number of universities and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

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