Grace M. Jolliffe’s first novel, Piggy Monk Square, was first published in the UK by Tindal Street Press.
It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Review from Willy Russell for Piggy Monk Square:
‘A stunningly well-written novel. I didn’t want it to end. Tense, joyous, terrifying, comic, tender, magic and tragic – just like childhood itself.’
Review from Frank Cottrell Boyce:
'Unbearably tense and utterly believable. The voice of its young heroine is so beguiling and convincing that you feel that you've met her. And then the story forces you to share her terrible secret.'
Grace's other novels include:
When The Sun Shines
The Sunshine Girl
Kindness and Strangers
Sweet Little Things
Tell Me Magic Lies
Grace lives in Galway, Ireland, surrounded by rocks, stones and roads to nowhere.
She wrote her first novel (about a haunted house, of course) at nine-years-old, but she had to wait until she was much, much older before a publisher finally decided to put her words in print.
Her short stories were published in magazines and newspapers and broadcast on radio, and she also won some literary prizes.
This encouraged her to keep going through the tough times.
Next Grace took a left turn into Film School. Her short films won awards at Film Festivals, and she also wrote and produced documentaries for television.
But, her first love never went away, so she took the right turn by returning to writing fiction.
She spends most of her time writing with plenty of breaks to enjoy nature and gardening in her wild Galway garden.
Grace loves walking and enjoys the fabulous scenery and wildlife of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way where she lives, so it was a huge blow when a serious accident led to her struggling with mobility issues for a few years.
Every cloud has a silver lining though, and Grace's frustration and cabin fever led to the creation of her imaginary town of Ballyyahoo.
She has now completed a series of children's books set in Ballyyahoo. The books combine nature and magic.
As well as creating entertaining and funny stories for children she also aims to entice children to leave their screens and enjoy the great outdoors.