Jill Dawson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.
Jill Dawson is the author of ten novels including The Language of Birds — the story of the nanny murdered in the Lucan household in 1974 — The Crime Writer (winner, East Anglian Book of the Year), Fred & Edie (shortlisted for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (longlisted for the Orange Prize). The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, was a best-seller and Richard and Judy Summer Read. Lucky Bunny, the life of East End thief and good-time-girl Queenie, was winner of a Fiction Uncovered Award. The Tell-Tale Heart was long-listed for the Folio prize. In addition, she has edited six anthologies and won prizes for short stories and an Eric Gregory prize for poetry in 1992.