Jenny Downham (born 1964) is a British novelist and an ex-actress. She has published three books. The first, Before I Die, is the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukaemia for four years. The book is told in the first person.
The book was short listed for the 2007 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 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.
As the book goes on, Tessa's thoughts are used to explore the nature of life.
Her third novel, Unbecoming, published in 2015, is a story of three generations of women and the uncovering of family secrets.
- You Against Me: Amazon.co.uk: Jenny Downham: Books. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
-  Works by or about Jenny Downham in libraries (Worldcat catalogue)
- Guardian Review
- New York Times Review
- The Times Feature
- Meet the Author Video
- Jenny Downham at Library of Congress Authorities, with 2 catalogue records
- Jenny Downham at Fantastic Fiction
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