The Birthday Books

The Birthday Books


by Joanna Lilley 

Paperback (Strike Fire/Fiction)
8.5" x 5.5" · 152 pages
Release Date: May 2015
ISBN 9781926710334

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In The Birthday Books, award-winning writer Joanna Lilley writes with an ear for restrained emotion and an eye for exquisite imagery. Lilley displays a breathtaking ability for allowing her readers the space to move inside her characters’ minds and we are reminded that we all must choose between longing and necessity as we navigate our experiences with place, love, loss and possession. The Birthday Books is both highly-accomplished and moving.

In her debut collection, Joanna Lilley empathetically enters lives as different as those of an Inuit sculptor, a middle-aged Scottish sheep farmer, and a trapeze artist who wants to run away from the circus. Her empathy extends to animals, plants, and the natural world, and her rural and wilderness settings captivate. Lilley also offers readers a fresh UK perspective on the Canadian landscape in clean uncluttered prose — a winter lake is “glutinous” — that is leavened with dry wit.

—Patricia Robertson author of The Goldfish Dancer: Stories and Novellas


Joanna Lilley

Joanna Lilley is an award-wining writer who has lived north of the 60th parallel in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, since she emigrated from the UK in 2006. Her poetry collection, The Fleece Erawas published by Brick Books in 2014.

Joanna's poems and stories have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, the US and the UK, including The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead and The Antigonish Review.

Joanna has a MLitt degree in creative writing from the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and is a Humber School for Writers graduate. In 2011 and 2013, she received Advanced Artist Awards from the Government of Yukon.

With diplomas in plain language editing and journalism, Joanna earns her living as a public sector communications professional. She has helped to found the Yukon Writers' Collective Ink and has coordinated the biennial Whitehorse Poetry Festival. 

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