Jonathan Taylor is a novelist, memoirist, short-story writer, poet, critic and lecturer. He is author of the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015), and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007). His first poetry collection is Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013), and his short story collection is Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books, 2013). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012). His second poetry collection, Cassandra Complex, will be published by Shoestring Press in Autumn 2018.
Melissa and Entertaining Strangers were both shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award, and longlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. Kontakte and Other Stories was shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection, 2015. Overheard was winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Anthology, 2013. Take Me Home was recently named as one of five recommended books on neuroscience, on the "Five Books" website.
Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, where he directs the MA in Creative Writing.
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.
Jonathan's website is www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk.