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Anna Jacobs Anna Jacobs i(A11787 works by)
Also writes as: Shannah Jay ; Sophie Jaye ; Anne Jacobs ; Jacobs Sherry-Anne
Born: Established: 1941 Rochdale, Lancashire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1973
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Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and migrated to Australia in 1973. She has B.A. (Hons.), a Graduate Diploma in Education and an M.B.A. and before becoming a full-time writer, had been a human resources officer, a teacher and a lecturer in adult technical college. Jacobs writes under a number of pen-names, but mainly now as 'Anna Jacobs', producing historical sagas which use both her native and her adopted country as settings. She also writes occasional family relationships novels and historical romances under that name for another publisher.

Several of her 'Anna Jacobs' books have hit the Top 50 Fiction Bestsellers in the UK. As 'Shannah Jay' she wrote five science fiction novels in the 1990s. Her novel Sword of Azaray (which she wrote as Shannah Jay), a classic fantasy tale for young adults, was published electronically by New Concepts Publishing, as was Worlds Beyond, an e-book short-story collection that was published in 1999 but is no longer available in electronic form. Jacobs has written and given many talks and seminars on the subject of writing, and has written French textbooks as Anne Jacobs.

Between July 2007 and June 2008 Jacobs was the 8th most borrowed author of adult fiction in public libraries in the United Kingdom.

Source: (Sighted: 27/01/2010); (Sighted 09/07/10)

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Tomorrow's Promises London : Hodder and Stoughton , 2007 Z1517241 2007 single work novel historical fiction romance 'Ellen Dawson is glad when the Great War ends, but sad that Lady Bingram's aides are to be disbanded. She can't bear to go back into service again after working as a driver and mechanic in London. But she is forced by her mother's illness to accept her old position as housemaid in order to stay in the small Lancashire town ... and her stepfather will stop at nothing to get her under his control again. Meanwhile, Seth Talbot is also facing great difficulties when he takes over as local policeman and tries to bring order to a town where the law has been flouted for years. Anna Jacobs brilliantly recreates life in 1919 in this gripping story of gutsy heroines, wicked men and courageous heroes, and will thrill, chill and warm your heart along the way.' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 shortlisted Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award Long Work
y separately published work icon Pride of Lancashire London : Hodder Headline Australia , 2005 Z1281618 2005 single work novel romance

'Carrie Preston is used to hard work – oldest of ten, with an incompetent mother and a drunken father, she struggles to find food for the younger children. But nothing could have prepared her for the day fate deals her family the cruellest of hands, rendering the Prestons more helpless and desperate than ever.

'In a harsh world, small acts of kindness can bring great hope –Eli Beckett’s offer of a job at the Dragon pub promises a better future for Carrie, especially as Eli’s uncle has offered his nephew some spare land to build a music room.

'With the great cities of England beginning to come alive to the sound of music halls, the locals of Hedderby are soon looking forward to their own place of celebration and merriment. Yet not everyone in the town shares this excitement, and some will stop at nothing in the pursuit of selfish gain...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2006 finalist Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award Long section
Wordsmith i "Words slide like beads along the filaments of my brain,", 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 74-75)
1989 commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize
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