Jeff Dawson

Agent: Kate Hordern

Jeff Dawson’s debut novel, NO ORDINARY KILLING, a crime novel set during the Boer War and featuring army doctor Ingo Finch and Australian nurse Annie Jones, was published by Endeavour Press on 19 March 2017, reached #1 Kindle Historical Thriller Novel Bestseller position in December 2017 and is relaunched by Canelo on 28 May 2018. Jeff is the author of  QUENTIN TARANTINO: The Cinema of Cool (Cassell 1995), BACK HOME: England and the 1970 World Cup (Orion 2001) and DEAD RECKONING: The Dunedin Star Disaster (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005).


  • “Combines deft storytelling with a flair for historical detail” Richard Foreman

Praise for DEAD RECKONING, which was nominated for the Desmond Wettern Media Award:

  • “… touching and hilarious in equal measure, a story of determination and a slightly embarrassed, very English kind of bravery.   Dawson’s recreation of events is a sensitive blending of archival work, interviews and imaginative projection, and a thrilling testament to a remarkable group of people.” Observer
  •  “Dawson draws from the written testimony of those involved and speaks to the only two survivors still alive to deliver a lively, pacy read” Good Book Guide
  • “Jeff Dawson’s lively account of their struggle to survive often reads like a novel” Sunday Times 

Praise for BACK HOME:

  • “Truly outstanding” The Times
  • “Great occasion, great book” Time Out
  • “Richly evocative” Independent
  • “Thirty years of hurt (and counting) kick off here” GQ

BACK HOME was serialised in The Times and reached the top five in the Sportspages bestseller list. 


Jeff Dawson is a freelance journalist in the field of popular culture, and writes regularly for the Sunday Times.  He is married with two children and lives in St Albans.



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