Jonathan Lee is a a 34-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. 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 & a contributing editor to Guernica. Recent short work has appeared in Granta, Tin House, Narrative, Guernica, & online at The Paris Review.  One of his short stories was recently longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014. A new novel, ‘High Dive,’ will be published on 22 October 2015 by William Heinemann in the U.K. and in March 2016 by Knopf in the U.S.

In September 1984, a man calling himself Roy Walsh checked into The Grand Hotel in Brighton and planted a bomb in room 629. The device was primed to explode in twenty-four days, six hours and six minutes, when intelligence had confirmed that Margaret Thatcher and her whole cabinet would be staying in the hotel.

Taking us inside one of the twentieth century’s most ambitious assassination attempts – 'making history personal', as one character puts it – High Dive moves between the luxurious hospitality of a British tourist town and the troubled city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the height of the armed struggle between the Irish Republican Army and those loyal to the UK government.

Jonathan Lee has been described as ‘a major new voice in British fiction' (Guardian) and here, in supple prose that makes room for laughter as well as tears, he offers a darkly intimate portrait of how the ordinary unfolds into tragedy.

                                                                Advance Praise for ‘High Dive’

“With wry wit and profound tenderness, Jonathan Lee’s High Dive highlights the tensions – between hope and heartbreak, struggle and surrender – at the intersection of the mundane and the momentous. A bold, thrilling triumph of a book.”  –   Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife

"High Dive is a fascinating look into a troubled past. In taut scene after taut scene, with a fine style and wit among the carnage, Jonathan Lee does service to history and the novel both." –   Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came To The End

“High Dive is a novel so smart and compassionate and beautifully written that it asks for total immersion. A reader will hold her breath for long, perfectly-paced stretches, and she will surface, dizzied, at the end.” –  Lauren Groff, author of Fates & Furies 

“Every assassination is a plot with personal history and national history intertwined, action and inaction offsetting each other, misstep transforming into opportunity, luck submitting to fate. Jonathan Lee is a virtuoso storyteller, combining the skills of a historian, a reporter, a criminal psychologist, and most importantly, a close observer of the complexity of everyday life. What a thrilling new novel." –  Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

"A completely absorbing novel about the lives of people who struggle in small and massive ways ... I really did love this book, and I'm still thinking and worrying about it."  – Evie Wyld, author of All The Birds, Singing

“Lee is a writer of stylish concision, humour, wisdom and danger” – Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

“High Dive is both wistful and very funny. It is also genuinely lyrical. But more than anything, what distinguishes it from so many other novels is its rare sincerity” – Alexander Maksik, author of A Marker To Measure Drift

In fluent, agile prose Jonathan Lee takes on one of the more famous assassination plots in recent history with striking evenhandedness and depth.  His novel offers a funny, gripping and ultimately tragic view into the life of a young IRA man and the dear price he, and his victims, pay during the dark years of the Troubles.” – Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie