Jacqueline Yallop

Jacqueline Yallop read English at Oxford and did her PhD in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Sheffield. She has worked as the curator of the Ruskin Collection in Sheffield and is the author of the non-fiction work Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves and the novel Kissing Alice. She currently lives in France.



By far the most impressive novel I read this year... I'd give it to anyone who wants, as I do, to have their head and heart churned by what they readJulie Myerson

A spellbinding tale of betrayal and illicit desire... The human experience of love, desire, guilt and loneliness are at the heart of the novel... A compelling and quietly devastating story about a woman destroyed by her faith
Independent on Sunday

A wise, mysterious, gravely compelling story about a young nun in occupied France and the long sad aftermath of a wartime love affair... A novel of huge scope and profound questioning
Sunday Times

A work of great originality, devastating in its impact... As powerful as it is subtle, a novel of gripping emotional and psychological intensity
Daily Mail

Jacqueline Yallop's haunting debut novel takes us back to the early half of the 20th century... Yallop has a beady eye for period detail and a wise understanding of psychology. Kissing Alice would be a great choice for book clubs, where readers could spend hours picking over the rights and wrongs of each sister's behaviour and analysing the effects of their traumatic childhood.
Daily Mail

There is something defiantly old-fashioned about Yallop's first novel... [Her] 1920s and 1930s have an authentically grainy feel... A very plausible portrait of messy sibling love.Adrian Turpin
Financial Times

A dark story of love, loss and family...[An] accomplished debut.
Books Quarterly