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About Jess Richards

Welcome to my website. I’m Jess Richards, the author of Snake Ropes, which was longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, 2012 and the Scottish Book Awards. My second novel, Cooking with Bones, was published in 2013.

Both novels are published by Sceptre, who have also published my third novel, City of Circles, in August 2017. City of Circles was shortlisted for the Kitschies Awards (novel category) in March 2018.

Pictures, Words & Tangles
Writing short, short fiction… merging fairytales and fears about the real world.

BEAUTY, SLEEPING   An old woman hides in her bed believing it is the only safe place left in the world. She’s overweight, so can last for a long while …Read More

To wake in a dark night and keep dreaming

In praise of kindness: words are dark weapons but kindness is a shining thing like the edges of the moon when blurred through clouds and it’s kindness, not its opposite, …Read More