J.R. Thorp is a writer, lyricist and librettist. She won the London Short Story Award in 2011 and was shortlisted for the BBC Opening Lines Prize, and has had work published in the Cambridge Literary Review, Manchester Review, Antithesis, Wave Composition and elsewhere. She wrote the libretto for the highly acclaimed modern opera Dear Marie Stopes and has had works commissioned by the Arts Council, the Wellcome Trust and St Paul's Cathedral. Born in Australia, she now lives in Cork, Ireland. Learwife is her first novel.
'With Learwife, J.R. Thorp has created an entire world out of a void. A stunning voice, hers is one you will remember, and look out for, in the years to come' - JING-JING LEE, author of the Women's Prize-longlisted HOW WE DISAPPEARED 'Thorp has given voices to so many women who have been written out of history, whose names have been forgotten or were never uttered in the first place . . . Learwife is a story about female power; both how vast it can be, and how fragile' - CATHERINE PRASIFKA