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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.
Shortlisted for the 2016 East Midland Book Awards
Melissa is set in 1999-2000. At roughly 2pm on 9th June 1999, on a small street in Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent, a young girl dies of leukaemia; at almost the same moment, everyone on the street experiences the same musical hallucination. The novel is about this death and accompanying phenomenon – and about their after-effects, as the girl's family gradually disintegrates over the following year.