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Kontakte and Other Stories Paperback – 30 Jun 2014

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Jonathan Taylor is a novelist, memoirist, short-story writer, poet, critic and lecturer. He is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012). His poetry collection, provisionally entitled Musicolepsy, will be published by Shoestring Press in early 2013. His collection of short stories, Kontakte and Other Stories, will be published by Roman Books in late 2013.

Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University. He is co-founder and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators. He is General Editor of Hearing Voices Magazine and the Crystal Pamphlets series. With Maria Taylor, he is co-editor of Fizzle & Sizzle (Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, 2008).

Jonathan's academic books are Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003), and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic, 2007). With Andrew Dix, he is co-editor of Figures of Heresy (Sussex Academic, 2005).

Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Jonathan now lives in Leicestershire, UK, with his wife the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters.

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Shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection 2014; Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2014 and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2014 --Awards

'Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, always clever and hugely entertaining, KONTAKTE explores the relationship between the how and the why of music, its harmony and its dissonances, as counterpoint to life, death, love, sex and even Egyptology. I enjoyed it hugely' --Vanessa Gebbie

'Unites what we at first take to be a fragmentary mosaic of different souls under the pervasive rhythm of music' --Jack Butler, STRAND Magazine

About the Author

Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel ENTERTAINING STRANGERS (Salt, 2012), the memoir TAKE ME HOME: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007), and the poetry collection, MUSICOLEPSY (Shoestring Press, 2013). He is editor of the anthology OVERHEARD: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012). He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, and co-director of small publisher and arts organisation Crystal Clear Creators. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, he now lives with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind.

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