A mystery set on the Jurassic Coast

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2023
Category: Author Videos

Hannah Foley's latest novel, The Tiger Who Sleeps Under My Chair, is a dual timeline story with a mystery at its heart.

The Tiger Who Sleeps Under My Chair by Hannah Foley takes us back to the Victorian age while exploring a contemporary mystery, set against a backdrop of the Jurassic coast. The novel includes themes of mental health, family and friendship, and here Hannah tells us more about writing the book and the imagery and themes that she explores through the novel.

Read a Chapter from The Tiger Who Sleeps Under My Chair

Q&A with Hannah Foley

The Tiger Who Sleeps Under My Chair:  Steeped in the natural history of Mary Anning's Jurassic Coast, this is a powerful dual-timeline story about friendship, mental health and hidden stories.   In 1884, Emma Linden dreams of following in the footsteps of the famous fossil-hunter, Mary Anning, on the Jurassic Coast. But Emma's world begins to spiral when her brother James becomes obsessed with a glassy-eyed tiger at the museum.    More than a hundred years later, her descendant Rosie Linden goes missing, her mind full of prowling tigers. With her new friend Jude, Rosie uncovers family secrets buried like layer upon layer of rock. Together they must sift the past to find the truth and heal the present.