Sadie Jones was born in London, England, the daughter of a poet
and an actress. Her father, Evan Jones, was born in Portland, Jamaica in 1927.
He grew up on a banana farm, eventually moving to the United States, and from
there to England in the 1950s. His most widely acclaimed work is "The Song of
the Banana Man". Sadie's mother, Joanna Jones, was featured as an extra in
various television series, including "The Avengers."
As a young woman, Sadie Jones opted out of attending university, preferring instead to work an assortment of odd jobs (video production, temping, waiting tables) and to travel. After visiting America, the Caribbean and Mexico, Jones settled in Paris, where she taught English and wrote her first screenplay. She eventually moved to London, where she currently resides with her husband, architect Tim Boyd, and their two children.
Jones wrote screenplays for fourteen years before producing The Outcast, her first novel. Her second novel, Small Wars, was published in 2009. Her third novel, The Uninvited Guests, was published in 2011. Jones' writing credits are an eclectic mix, everything from episodes of BBC-TV shows to a feature film in 2004.
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Sadie Jones discusses her first novel, The Outcast
You've had a fifteen year career as a screenwriter, did you find writing
for the page a very different experience to writing for the screen?
When I began the book I thought that the process would be very different, but many of the decisions and aims are the same: what is left out and what is left in, and trying to tell a story so that it lives.
The Outcast is set in the 1950s, what made you choose this era as a background for the book?
The decision to put the story in the 1950s was one of the earliest ones, along with who Lewis was, and where it would be set. I needed to isolate Lewis entirely1950s Surrey seemed the obvious place to do it. Also, I have always loved the fifties, and the films and books of that period.
Lewis is a very troubled yet charismatic young man, do you think you would like him if you met him in real life?
That's a very hard question to answer, because I don't see Lewis from the outside, so imagining meeting him is odd! I think I would like him, though, if he wasn't in one of his entirely silent moods.
Some of the scenes in the book, particularly those between Gilbert and Lewis are very poignant, did you ...
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