Jenny Downham | 'Female anger is often seen differently from male anger'

Jenny Downham | 'Female anger is often seen differently from male anger'

When agent Catherine Clarke sent the manuscript of Jenny Downham’s new novel Furious Thing to publishers across Europe, the author began receiving "very personal" messages from in-house readers about people they knew who were emotionally controlling.

Downham, whose 15-year-old heroine tries to manage her anger while living with an emotionally abusive stepfather, says: "I was getting emails from people I had never met before, saying things like, ‘I want to publish this book; I was worried my colleagues wouldn’t get it because they don’t have a Dad like mine... but when I got to the meeting,...

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