March 2020: The news is out! LEARWIFE will be published by Canongate in May 2021! Here’s the announcement from The Bookseller:
“Canongate has snapped up a debut literary novel, which imagines the life of King Lear’s wife in the “vein of feminist alternative histories such as Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad or Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls“. Commissioning editor Jo Dingley acquired world rights including audio to Learwife by J R Thorp from Claire Paterson Conrad at Janklow & Nesbit.
“Dingley says Thorp’s first novel “reads like her 20th. It’s hard to believe that it has taken over 400 years for this vital female character to be given a voice, but Jen is just the writer to do it.”
“Paterson Conrad said: ‘Whether you know the play or not, Learwife is one of the most exciting literary debuts that I’ve read in years.””
October 2019: My novel Learwife is on the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Longlist!
From Curtis Brown: “We received 3,000 submissions from across the UK & Ireland. We were so impressed by the standard of the submissions; it was truly difficult to choose our longlist.
“After many weeks of reading, our judging team narrowed the longlist to these 20 entries. We are proud of our longlist which represent a range of genres and writers’ backgrounds.”