"A brilliant book... Jonathan Lee is one of those rare, agile writers who can take your breath away." (Catherine O’Flynn, author of What Was Lost)
"Exquisitely and surprisingly written
] proves that Lee is a significant talent and that his future work should be well worth awaiting." (Observer
... 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
." (Tom Williams Literary Review
"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.
" (Elizabeth Day Observer (Books of the Year 2012)
"With its supple prose, ingenious structure, wit and slow-burn sympathy, Joy is a sly miracle of a novel.
" (A.D. Miller)
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 ENCORE AWARD
JOY is a hugely inventive, ambitious and absorbing novel about pleasure, love, loss and work