Jonathan Lee is a a 32-year-old British writer who The Guardian has called ‘a major new voice in British fiction.’

His debut novel, ‘Who Is Mr Satoshi?’, was shortlisted for an MJA Open Book Award & nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for Literature. His second novel, ‘Joy’, has been translated into several languages, was included in the Observer’s Books of the Year list for 2012, & was shortlisted for the Encore Award. You can read more about it here & there are some extracts from reviews below. It is currently being developed for television. In 2012 Jonathan was the recipient of a Society Of Authors K. Blundell Trust Award.

Jonathan lives in New York, where he’s an editor at the literary journal A Public Space. His recent short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Granta, Tin House & Narrative, among others, and his non-fiction is in Guernica Magazine & The Paris Review Daily.  One of his short stories was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014. A new novel will be published in 2015 by Knopf in the U.S. & William Heinemann in the U.K.               

‘A brilliant book... Jonathan Lee is one of those rare, agile writers who can take your breath away’
Catherine O’Flynn

‘With its supple prose, ingenious structure, wit & slow-burn sympathy, Joy is a sly miracle of a novel’
A.D. Miller

‘Jonathan Lee's second novel, Joy (William Heinemann), charts the final day in the life of a high-flying young lawyer. Lee writes with extraordinary vividness, with prose so sharply defined it takes your breath away.’ – Observer (Books of the Year 2012)

‘The conceit is original, and brilliantly executed ... This is the wittiest, most addictive piece of literary yuppie-bashing since Martin Amis's
Money. Lee is a writer to keep an eye on’ – Independent

‘Lee’s the real deal – a British writer on the cusp of greatness ... A brilliant & powerful dissection of modern Britain’ –  Daily Mirror

‘One of Britain’s most exciting writers ... A wonderful book’ – Stylist

‘A quite superb piece of work’ – Huffington Post

‘The world is due the darkly comic view of corporate law firm life depicted by Jonathan Lee’s second book. Joy is not only beautifully written, but a real page-turner’ – Guardian

‘A tense and disturbing, involving novel’ – The Times

‘Sparky ... modern ... brilliant’ – BBC Radio 2, Claudia Winkleman Arts Show

‘[A] discomforting and acute tragicomedy ... The bleaker and darker his book becomes, the better it gets, building to a shocking and expertly executed conclusion. Tipped for the top on publication of his first novel, Lee here confirms his talent’ – Daily Mail

‘Outstanding ... A forensic portrayal of despair that shows Lee to be an exceptional, brave prose stylist ... Funny and humane, Joy is an enormously impressive piece of storytelling’ – Literary Review

‘Exquisitely & surprisingly written, Joy proves that Lee is a significant talent’ – Observer

‘For all painful events it covers, this is a joyful book. Lee educates us in the beautiful mess of humanity surrounding this tragic event. Joy is one of the best new novels this year.’ – We Love This Book

‘Lee’s writing is clear, as if lit by the fluorescent, constant lights of a law firm. [He] is a fine temperature taker of our psyches, and this book confirms his talents as an exciting literary voice.’ – The Periscope Post

‘Very stylish, observant and oh so spiky, this is an incredible, often uncomfortable novel that you just can't put down. Modern, vibrant, funny and dark’ – The Book Bag


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