About The Author

Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons.

Her debut novel ‘Before I Die’ was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.

Downham’s second novel, ‘You Against Me’, was published in December 2010. The book is powerful novel about family, loyalty, and the choices which we have to make.


You Against Me
By Jenny Downham

“It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside your head they were safe and silent, but once they were outside, people grabbed hold of them.” I wanted to read this book from the moment I heard about it.. But, while waiting for it to be published, I read Before…

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Before I Die
By Jenny Downham

“I want to die in my own way. It’s my illness, my death, my choice.This is what saying yes means.” I don’t really know what to say about this book. I didn’t like it that much, but I didn’t hate it either.. The bad: For the most part of the story I didn’t really care about Tessa, about her illness…

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