The Writers' Hub team would like to offer our congratulations to Jonathan Kemp, who last night won the prestigious Authors' Club Best First Novel Award for his novel, London Triptych. The prize is awarded to the most promising debut novel written by a British author and published in the UK during the calendar year preceding the prize date.
London Triptych started out as a short story called 'Pornocracy', in which Jonathan explored the experiences of Jack Rose, a male prostitute living in the London of Oscar Wilde. As Jonathan says in his feature article for the Hub The Truth of Sex - Writing 'London Triptych', "To say more than Jack’s story alone would allow I needed other voices from other times, and so I formed the idea of three lives spaced roughly fifty years apart but overlapping chronologically." And thus London Triptych was born.
To read more about the writing of the novel click here.
To read an extract from the novel click here.
To hear Jonathan reading from the novel click here.