Sadie Jones

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Sadie Jones
Born 1967
Nationality English
Occupation Writer and novelist

Sadie Jones (born 1967) is an English writer and novelist. She is best known for her award-winning debut novel, The Outcast (2008).

Early years[edit]

Jones was raised in London, the daughter of Evan Jones,[1] a Jamaican-born poet and scriptwriter, who worked with director Joseph Losey on several projects and Joanna Jones, an actor. Sadie Jones was educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, a school she disliked.[2]

Jones lived in Paris as a young woman, worked as a waitress and wrote four unproduced scripts and a play,[3] among other things, before her debut novel, The Outcast,[4] was published.


The Outcast won the First Novel award in the 2008 Costa Book Awards and has been translated into several languages. The first episode of a two part TV adaptation by Jones, directed by Iain Softley, was broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 12 July 2015. Writing in UK newspaper The Guardian, Julia Raeside wrote, "Sadie Jones risked smashing a perfect thing when she signed up to adapt her book The Outcast (BBC1, Sunday) for television. The novel, one of my favourites, bursts with a fragile intensity that, while filmic, seemed unlikely to survive the transition", before concluding, "Every character uses a tenth of the words another writer might employ, because it’s all there. No need for prodding and over-talking. The tone set by Iain Softley’s beautifully restrained direction and the careful use of music creates a real feeling of loss from the start, just as in the book, but he somehow avoids all hammy visual foreshadowing and narrative signposting, so often used to gee a plot along".[5] The second episode was broadcast a week later, on 19 July 2015. Critical reception was mixed, but the BBC's adaptation of The Outcast received a rating of 7.7/10 (from 502 users) on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).[6]

Sadie Jones' second novel, Small Wars, is set in 1956 Cyprus and is inspired by the war in Afghanistan.[3] It was published at the end of August 2009. Her third novel, The Uninvited Guests was published in March 2012. Set in the fading grandeur of an Edwardian country house, it is a darkly humorous, unsettling and ghostly tale.


  1. ^ Holly Kyte, "Sadie Jones: 'It just wouldn't leave me alone'", Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2008.
  2. ^ Cassandra Jardine, "Sadie Jones: 'What I learnt from 15 years of failure'", Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b Eva Wiseman, "'Even when we do talk, we often lie'", The Observer, 23 August 2009.
  4. ^ Rachel Hore, "The Outcast", The Independent, 24 February 2008.
  5. ^ Raeside, Julia (13 July 2015). "The Outcast review – 'I feared for Sadie Jones's adaptation of her perfect novel – but it is excellent'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Outcast (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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