Siobhan Dowd (1960-2007) was an English author of children’s and young adult novels. She was born in London to Irish parents. Siobhan earned her B.A. Honours degree in Classics from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, and her M.A. with distinction from Greenwich University in Gender and Ethnic Studies. She was a member of International PEN as a researcher and then as a program director. Siobhan established the Siobhan Dowd Trust in order to help disadvantaged children with their reading skills. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2004, but still continued to write. She passed away almost three years later in August 2007, survived by her husband, Geoff.

Siobhan Dowd’s first book was the anthology This Prison Where I Live, published in 1996. Her first novel was the 2006 novel A Swift Pure Cry. Below is a list of Siobhan Dowd’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Swift Pure Cry(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The London Eye Mystery(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bog Child(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Solace of the Road(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ransom of Dond(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Guggenheim Mystery(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Glimmer Train Stories, Issue 33(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

This Prison Where I Live(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Roads of the Roma(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


Notes: The Guggenheim Mystery was written with Robin Stevens. The Roads of the Roma was edited with Ian Hancock and Rajko Djuric.

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Siobhan Dowd Synopsis: A Swift Pure Cry is a standalone novel by Siobhan Dowd. After Shell’s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to look after her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her new spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune Stateside, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.

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