Jane Rusbridge is a novelist and short story writer. She is the author of The Devil’s Music, nominated for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Rook, a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. Originally a primary and preschool teacher, Jane returned to university to study English with Creative Writing when her youngest child started school. She was awarded an MA with distinction from the University of Chichester, where she was Associate Lecturer in English and taught creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for a decade. Born in East Sussex, she is married to a farmer and lives in the South Downs, not far from the Sussex coast.