Jane Rusbridge Author of The Devils Music and Rook


what marks out Rusbridge’s novel is the passion with which she writes about her native Sussex and its more ancient landscapes’ The Independent

Rusbridge’s sympathetic and respectful handling of a sensitive issue conveys an emotional impact that resonates long after the closing pages’ Times Literary Supplement




Jane Rusbridge is the author of The Devil’s Music  (nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award) and ROOK , a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. She is a recipient of the Lord Wolfendon Prize, the Philip Lebrun Prize for Creative Writing and the WritersInc Writer-of-the-Year Award, and her short stories have won or been listed in many competitions, including the Bridport International Short Story Prize and the Fish Prize.


The Bookseller: Q & A with Jane Rusbridge

ROOK is one of BBC 1’s ‘Books That Made Britain’.




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Jane lives in coastal West Sussex. She was Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester for ten years, teaching creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has run writing workshops for various writers’ groups and literary festivals across the country, for ‘Reading the South’ (a major Arts Council Project), for Psychologies Magazine, and for Arvon. She is currently a mentor for the WoMentoring Project.

 ‘Rusbridge’s fine perceptions of the natural world, the way her writing is steeped in the landscape, history and culture of West Sussex, help define her as a talented new regional voice’    Rachel Hore