Jonathan completed an MA in creative writing at Manchester University, where he also studied English as an undergraduate. He spent many winters in the Alps working in the Ski Tourism Industry and now lives in Chamonix, France.
Boy A is the story of a child criminal released into society as an adult. It has obvious and presumably deliberate parallels to the fates of the murderers of James Bulger, although the crime itself differs significantly.
Highly acclaimed critically, Boy A was described by Sarah Waters, Chair of the Judges for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, as "a compelling narrative, a beautifully structured piece of writing, and a thought-provoking novel of ideas. It's a wonderful debut."
Jonathan's third work Genus - about a dystopian divided Britain - was published in July 2011. It contains chapters describing rioting in London eerily similar to the disturbances that broke out only weeks after publication. Genus was optioned for film by Matador Pictures, with Mike Carey (writer) attached to write the script.
Trigell's fourth novel was published in 2015 and titled The Tongues of Men or Angels. In an interview the author described it as "A Biblical Era Road Movie". The Mail on Sunday called it: "a high-octane take on the post-Crucifixion schism that emerged between Judaism and Christianity amid the brutality of Roman rule. Written with an inventive wit and verve, this is an impressive distillation of the Christian myth in the earthy poetry of the everyday vernacular; his portrayal of the Crucifixion is particularly visceral… a bravura and original performance."
- Jonathan Trigell's official website
- An interview with Jonathan Trigell
- Jonathan Trigell is interviewed for Arts Award Voice
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