Press & Reviews

Owl Song at Dawn: A Month Since Release

After all those years cooped in my shed, Owl Song at Dawn has now made its way alone in the world for the past month. It’s been such a joy to hear of its safe landing in the hands of friends and strangers alike. Please do keep sharing your thoughts by posting online reviews on bookselling sites or coming along to one of my events and chatting to me in person. It really does mean so much.

Here’s a summary of the most recent publicity:


You can listen to me talking about Owl Song at Dawn today during BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, 10-11am.

Claire Allfree reviewed Owl Song at Dawn for the Literary Fiction section of the Daily Mail, describing it as a ‘quirky, moving novel’.

The Watford Observer ran a feature about the influence on my fiction of my sister, Lou.


Owl Song at Dawn was shortlisted for Amazon’s July Rising Star Award.

Waterstones is listing Owl Song at Dawn as one of its bestsellers.



We had a smashing time on July 29th at Segrue Books, Radlett’s beautiful independent bookshop. I read from Owl Song at Dawn; Literary Director of Orson & Co, Jonathan Ruppin, conducted a thoughtful interview; and then I received some fascinating questions from the audience. It was all washed down with glasses of wine.

I hear that they serve great coffee and cake too. I’m sure to be purchasing most of my books from Segrue from now on. What a great addition to Hertfordshire.


‘Oh hell, this is one book I’m going to have to stop waffling on about and just firmly INSIST you get hold of a copy and READ it right now … It’s blown my mind – why should you get away with yours intact?’ – Jan Lambert of

‘a beautiful story, wonderfully written and well worthy of 5 stars’ – Vicki Bowles of

‘What a tour de force Owl Song At Dawn is, quite simply, an outstanding novel…There was something in the fierce love and desperate guilt that Maeve displays that captivated me and touched my soul…I cannot recommend Owl Song At Dawn highly enough, even though every time I think about it I want to weep.’ – Linda Hill of

Owl Song at Dawn is a novel unlike any other I’ve ever read. Striking in its subtlety, nuance and depth, this is a novel to cherish. I shall look forward to re-reading this for years to come and uncovering new layers with each reading. I strongly encourage you to read this for yourself and see what you make of this ground-breaking new title.’ – Kendra Olson of


Margate Bookie Festival

Please do join me at the seaside at Margate Bookie Festival. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend. I’ll be reading from and talking about Owl Song at Dawn at the beautiful Sands Hotel on Sunday August 21, 5pm-6.30pm. Or why not make a weekend of it and come along on Saturday August 20, 5pm-6.30pm, when Emily Midorikawa and I will be taking the Something Rhymed salon on tour to talk about female literary friendship?

2 thoughts on “Owl Song at Dawn: A Month Since Release

  1. Emma, you were great on Woman’s Hour. Articulate, purposeful, polite and determined – it was a pleasure to listen to you. I’m not starting your book until I go on my holidays, but I’m looking forward to it even more now. Well done! xx

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