Luke Jennings

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Luke Jennings (born 1953[1]) is a British author and journalist.

Background[edit]

Jennings trained as a dancer at the Rambert School, studied Indian languages, and produced and directed a Channel 4 documentary filmed in Bombay.[2]

As a journalist, Jennings has written for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and has reported from locations around the world, including Moscow.[1] He was dance critic for The Observer[3] and also wrote dance-related articles for Time.[4][5]

Published works[edit]

Jennings' first novel, Breach Candy (1993), follows a recently retired ballerina and an intelligent-but-wounded television director researching a Channel 4 documentary in Bombay.[2]

Jennings' novel, Atlantic (1995), which takes place in a cruise ship in the post-war years,[6] was nominated for the Booker Prize.[7]

Beauty Story (1998) is a novel about a young actress who vanishes from a 16th-century English castle where she was filming a fragrance commercial.[8]

Blood Knots: Of Fathers, Friendship and Fishing—a 2010 memoir about fishing, and about "childhood innocence, paternal love, and his friendship with the charismatic, enigmatic" man who was later killed by the IRA while working as an intelligence officer in Ireland[9]—was shortlisted for the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize[10] and for the William Hill prize.[7]

With his daughter, Jennings co-wrote the Stars youth fiction series (circa 2013), about teenagers at a performing arts school.[11]

Jennings co-authored The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet (2014).[7]

Jennings' 2018 Codename Villanelle, a compilation of four serial Kindle edition novellas published in 2014-2016,[12][13][14][15] was the basis for BBC America's Killing Eve television series (2018— ).[16] Though his 2019 sequel Killing Eve: No Tomorrow diverged from the television show, the books and show are said to "share common DNA" because of Jennings' continued collaboration with the show's creators.[17]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hodges, Michael (August 20, 2018). "Killing Eve author: 'I want people to be appalled by Jodie Comer's Villanelle – but also cheer her on'". Radio Times. Archived from the original on April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Lezard, Nicholas (May 23, 1993). "Book Review / Bombay walkie-talkie: Breach Candy - Luke Jennings: Hutchinson, 14.99 pounds". The Independent. Archived from the original on April 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Luke Jennings (profile)". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Jennngs, Luke (April 2, 2008). "Wayne McGregor: Mind in Motion". Time. Archived from the original on September 3, 2016.
  5. ^ Jennings, Luke (August 20, 2008). "Dance with the Devil". Time. Archived from the original on August 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Pai, Akshay (May 7, 2018). "How a slew of "embittered male loners" allowed author Luke Jennings the room to create the gripping characters of Killing Eve". Media Entertainment Arts Worldwide. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Cowdrey, Katherine (April 6, 2017). "John Murray snaps up spy thriller first published as Kindle Single". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ ""Beauty Story"". Publishers Weekly. June 1, 1998. Archived from the original on April 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Redfern, Simon (April 18, 2010). "Blood Knots, by Luke Jennings - review". The Independent. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Adams, Stephen (July 2, 2010). "BBC Samuel Johnson Prize won by book that shows real life in North Korea". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012.
  11. ^ "Luke Jennings". Goodreads. 2017. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Codename Villanelle (Villanelle #1)". Goodreads. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Villanelle: Hollowpoint (Villanelle #2)". Goodreads. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017.
  14. ^ "Villanelle: Shanghai (Villanelle #3)". Goodreads. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Odessa (Villanelle #4)". Goodreads. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017.
  16. ^ Canfield, David (March 25, 2019). "How the Killing Eve story is evolving in the original book series". Entertainment Weeklly. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Igoe, Katherine J.; Mitchell, Amanda (April 7, 2019). "The Final Killing Eve Season 2 Trailer Has Dropped". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019.

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