Jessica Mann

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Jessica Mann (born 1937) is a British writer. As a novelist she specialises in the mystery and suspense genres, and 21 of her crime novels have been published since 1971. She has also written several non-fiction books, including Out of Harm's Way, an account of the overseas evacuation of children from Britain in World War II.


Born in London, Mann was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read Archaeology, and the University of Leicester, from which she has a degree in Law.[1] She has written features, comment and reviews for the Literary Review magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Western Morning News, House & Garden and other publications. She has appeared on TV and radio programmes including Any Questions? and Question Time and represented the South West on Round Britain Quiz.

She lives near Truro in Cornwall and was married to the archaeologist and historian Charles Thomas until he died in 2016.[2] The couple married a week after Mann completed her Cambridge finals in 1959, and had two sons and two daughters.[3][4]



  1. ^ Mann, Jessica. "Biography". Jessica Mann Writer of Crime and Suspense Novels. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Professor Charles Thomas". The Times. London. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Mann, Jessica (28 April 2012). "What do you mean, the good old days?". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Who's Who[clarification needed]

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