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Jo was the winner of the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at York Festival of Writing.

Her debut psychological thriller was published in the UK as Sticks and Stones by Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House) and as The Exes’ Revenge in the USA and Canada. It was shortlisted for the Best Revenge Thriller at the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019.

Since then Jo has had two more books published by Harvill Secker (Safe House and What His Wife Knew) They have been translated into several languages.

ONE BAD APPLE, due September 2024.

Jo lives in Cornwall with her family and is an avid wild swimmer, making the most of her home county.


"Jo Jakeman's assured debut is a revenge thriller...a cracking pace, plenty of twists and some well-judged dark humour." The Guardian (UK)

"Jo Jakeman is the future queen of Grip Lit" Eva Dolan.

"Reads like a darker Big Little Lies with all the female rage of Sharp Objects."

"Witty and satirical" The Times.





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