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The Diva

Jean Rafferty (Author)

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“Strong feeling, uncompromising frankness” – Marina Warner. A world-famous opera star experiences all the pain and the passion of womanhood that she sings about in her beloved arias. A modern morality tale exploring the complexities of motherhood, femininity and fame, originally published in The Four Marys, a quartet of edgy contemporary novellas drawing on Celtic history and folklore.


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The Diva

About the author

Jean Rafferty

Jean Rafferty is an acclaimed award-winning journalist who has written on topics ranging from gritty human interest stories about prostitution, to celebrity interviews and humour pieces. Jean has written two non-fiction books about sport, and her first novel was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. The Four Marys was shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Jean is Chair of the Scottish PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.

Praise for Jean Rafferty’s first novel, ‘Myra, Beyond Saddleworth’: “Compelling and disturbing in equal measure.” – Deborah Orr, The Guardian. “Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us there.” – Louise Welsh, author of ‘The Cutting Room’.