Jessica Duchen is an acclaimed author and music journalist whose work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Her first five novels gathered a loyal fan-base and wide acclaim. Last year 'Ghost...
Jessica Duchen is an acclaimed author and music journalist whose work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Her first five novels gathered a loyal fan-base and wide acclaim. Last year 'Ghost Variations', published by Unbound, was named My Best Read of the 2016 by John Suchet in the Daily Mail's Christmas Books choices.
Jessica grew up in London, read music at Cambridge, also studying piano, and felt torn at first between the prospects of a musical career and a literary one.
Music plays a vital role in her novels as well as her journalism, and she frequently narrates concert versions of Alicia’s Gift, Hungarian Dances and Ghost Variations - watch out for tour dates in the 2017-18 season!
She has recently completed an opera libretto for the composer Roxanna Panufnik: 'Silver Birch', a commission from Garsington Opera for 2017, being premiered on 28 July.
Her output also includes two plays, biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Fauré (both published by Phaidon) and her popular classical music blog, JDCMB (http://jessicamusic.blogspot.com).
Jessica lives in London with her violinist husband and their two cats. She enjoys playing the piano, preferably when nobody can hear her, as well as cookery, long walks and plundering second-hand bookshops for out-of-print musical gems.