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Jenny Downham was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons.
Her debut novel Before I Die was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award.
Tessa has just a few months to live. So she compiles her bucket list, her To Do Before I Die list. Number one is sex.
Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.
Heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming, Before I Die will take you to the very edge.
; September 2008
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Title: Before I Die
Author: Jenny Downham
In the press
"This is an affecting and brave novel. Tessa is such a rich character . . . For everyone, it is a reminder to value the people that matter, seize the moment, wish with courage, adventure with relish, even if it's just a trip to the swimming pool, drinking hot chocolate or driving down a dual carriageway in the rain"