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Jennifer Ryan

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Jennifer grew up in the British countryside with a penchant for climbing trees and a wonderful grandmother who told her hilarious stories about the Second World War.

As an adult, she became a nonfiction book editor, first editing politics and economics at The Economist Books, and then moving on to the BBC, DK, and other publishers, editing books on health, cooking, wine, and history.

All this time, though, she harbored a longing to share her grandmother's stories about the war, and so she embarked on an MA in fiction at Johns Hopkins University. The novel that she wrote while there--The Chilbury Ladies' Choir--became a National Bestseller.

Jennifer's second novel, The Spies of Shilling Lane, is based on the story of a twinkly-eyed old lady sh
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Jennifer Ryan Thank you so much for your lovely praise! I'd love to see Chilbury come to life on the screen too, and the production company behind Downton Abbey, Ca…moreThank you so much for your lovely praise! I'd love to see Chilbury come to life on the screen too, and the production company behind Downton Abbey, Carnival, have optioned the TV rights, which means they will hopefully decide to make it. I really hope they do, although I have no idea who would appear in it. Do you have any suggestions for the actors?(less)
Jennifer Ryan I'm thinking of writing one next, so I'll keep you posted! Thank you so much for your question. I'm delighted that you enjoyed those brave and spirite…moreI'm thinking of writing one next, so I'll keep you posted! Thank you so much for your question. I'm delighted that you enjoyed those brave and spirited ladies!(less)
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Declassified MI5 Documents

A few years ago, a number of files were “declassified” by the British spy agencies, including some from MI5 covering the spies infiltrating underground fascist groups within Britain during the war. I duly went to the National Archives in London to see them.

It was astonishing! These were the real documents that the spies typed up every evening. They covered every meeting, who was there, where it wa Read more of this blog post »
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That's so wonderful of you to want more from this duo. My next book, however, moves on to a new, different crowd--one I think everyone will adore. I'll be putting out more information very soon, so check out my website:
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A lovely, warm-heated read from Rhys Bowen, perfect for the summer. A WW2 pilot parachutes out of his exploding plane over Tuscany, only to find danger, love, and intrigue within the ruined monastery where he hides. After he dies in 1973, his daughte ...more
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Such a beautiful, powerful book about how we see our place in the world, our abilities to stand up and challenge those around us, and our daring to step beyond our prescribed roles. Ultimately, it spoke to me about that continual battle between pride ...more
" Pamela wrote: "Cheers to all the brave women spies!"

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"Another job perk ARC out in June 2019.Watch for it if you like a good quirky cast of mystery detectives, World War 2 backdrop, UK village life snarkery, and unlikely heroes. This first of a series is entertaining, offers solid history, and complex re" Read more of this review »
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“If we don't think about our death until we die, how can we decide how we want to live?”
Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

“Then I looked out onto the horizon myself and realized that loss is the same wherever you go: overwhelming, inexorable, deafening. How resilient human beings are that we can learn slowly to carry on when we are left all alone, left to fill the void as best we can. Or disappear into it.”
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“Human nature defeats me sometimes, how greed and spite can lurk so divisively around the utmost courage and sacrifice.”
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“Grief feels a lot like fear. We’re afraid of it taking us over. But we owe it to ourselves, to those we have lost, to let grief in. Only then can we start to remember them with a cheer in our heart, a cheer for them and all that they were.”
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“If we don't think about our death until we die, how can we decide how we want to live?”
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“And I realized that this is what it's like to be an adult, learning to pick from a lot of bad choices and do the best you can with that dreadful compromise. Learning to smile, to put your best foot forward, when the world around you seems to have collapsed in its entirety, become a place of isolation, a sepia photograph of its former illusion.”
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“She didn't say anything, just a long, quiet "shhhh," as if she had learned that the troubles of the world could be absorbed and deafened by slow, steady wistfulness, and I suddenly understood that she'd been silencing the noise for the past twenty years.”
Jennifer Ryan, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

“Then I looked out onto the horizon myself and realized that loss is the same wherever you go: overwhelming, inexorable, deafening. How resilient human beings are that we can learn slowly to carry on when we are left all alone, left to fill the void as best we can. Or disappear into it.”
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