Inside Story with Humphrey

with Liz Jensen Author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
21 October 2021

Liz Jensen is the best-selling author of eight novels including the eco-thrillers The Rapture and The Uninvited, and the The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Critics have described her as one of today’s most innovative writers whose novels capture the terrain between realism and science fiction and Louis Drax was adapted by Hollywood into a box-office feature film starring Jamie Dornan.Much of Liz’s work revolves around the environment and impact of climate change. She is a founder member of Extinction Rebellion’s Writers Rebel, a literary movement which includes writers such as Margaret Drabble, Ben Okri. Amitav Ghosh and Zadie Smith. Her son, Raph, became a leading figure of Extinction Rebellion under the name of Iggy Fox, planning and leading key protests in London. In February last year, Raph, suddenly died while filming an environmental campaign in South Africa. Liz abandoned the latest novel she was writing to work on a book about grief. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Liz Jensen was a print and radio journalist in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She then spent four years as a freelance writer, translator and sculptor in France, and ten as a BBC producer. Liz lives in Copenhagen where she shares her life with Danish writer Carsten Jensen, author of the critically-acclaimed We, The Drowned, which she co-translated into English as Emma Ryder. Her work has been short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award, nominated three times for the Women’s Fiction prize, adapted for theatre and radio, and translated into twenty languages.