Joss Sheldon

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Joss Sheldon (born 7 April 1982, Barnet, UK) is an international best-selling author who has released five novels; Individutopia (2018)[1], Money Power Love (2017)[2], The Little Voice (2016),[3] Occupied (2015)[4] and Involution & Evolution (2014).[5] He is known for his radical and rebellious style.[citation needed] His novels have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi and Turkish.

Joss Sheldon
Joss Sheldon
Joss Sheldon
Born (1982-04-07) April 7, 1982 (age 37)
OccupationAuthor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityBritish
Alma materLondon School of Economics, University of Liverpool
GenresMagical Realism, Historical Fiction, Epic Poetry, Political Fiction, Psychological Realism
SubjectsActivism, Psychology, Politics, Social Issues, Occupation, Palestine, Kurdistan, Tibet, Peace, War
Notable worksThe Little Voice
Occupied
Involution & Evolution
Years active2014-
Website
Joss Sheldon's Official Website

Early life[edit]

Sheldon studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Liverpool. He worked for Burnley Football Club and Northampton Town Football Club,[6][7] before becoming an author.[8]

Involution & Evolution[edit]

Involution & Evolution (2014) is an epic poem with an anti-war theme. The main protagonist, a conscientious objector during WW1, is based on Jesus and Buddha.

Occupied[edit]

Occupied (2015) is a work of magical realism, inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet.[9]

Sheldon told AXS that Occupied was based on the principle of divide and rule:

“I believe that deep down we’re all the same; we all share a common humanity; we all have hopes and dreams, strengths and weaknesses, fears and doubts. That’s a truly beautiful thing. But all too often we focus on the small differences which divide us. And that, for me, is a tragedy. It’s the greatest tragedy of all”.[10]

Free Tibet named Occupied as one of three books to read in 2016.[11] Buzzfeed called it "A must-read for any lover of radical literature".[12] The Daily Herald called it a "A chilling critique of modern society".[13] The Middle East Monitor said it had a "Simple, but strong political message".[14]

Occupied became an Amazon best-seller in June 2016.[15]

The Little Voice[edit]

The Little Voice (2016) is a work of psychological realism inspired by Sheldon's own life.[16]

Steve Topple of The Canary called it "Top notch" and "Radical":

"The Little Voice is radical, to say the least. But Sheldon’s style is warm, almost whimsical at times, and this means that even the most politically uninitiated reader will understand what he’s trying to say".[17]

Buzzfeed named The Little Voice as one of the "Five most thought provoking novels ever", placing it alongside such classics as George Orwell's 1984, and Franz Kafka's The Trial.[18] The Huffington Post called it "Fantastical, absurd and brilliant".[19] The Global Education Network called it "A compelling rhapsody of rhyme and reason"[20]

Money Power Love[edit]

Money Power Love (2017) is a work of historical fiction which follows the lives of three men who are united by nature but divided by their different upbringings.

Individutopia[edit]

"Individutopia" is a work of political dystopian fiction set in a time where corporations rule the roost. A small oligarch class own absolutely everything, inequality is extreme, and people have to pay to walk down the street or breathe the air.[21]

The Dallas Sun called it a "Modern classic"[22], The Bay Net called it a "Must read"[23], and The Canary called it "Gloriously colourful"[24].

Other Work[edit]

Sheldon has published a number of poems, which he has performed for Stop The Arms Fair.[25] He writes for Medium.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Involution & Evolution. 2014. ISBN 978-1500854706[5]
  • Occupied. 2015. ISBN 978-1516821808[4]
  • The Little Voice. 2016. ISBN 978-1539908555[3]
  • Money Power Love. 2017. ISBN 978-1539908555[2]
  • Individutopia. 2018. ISBN 978-1976365119[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sheldon, Joss (2018). INDIVIDUTOPIA: A novel set in a neoliberal dystopia. ISBN 1789263581.
  2. ^ a b Sheldon, Joss (2017). Money Power Love. United Kingdom: Ingram Spark. ISBN 1976365112.
  3. ^ a b Sheldon, Joss (2016). Allen, Gil Aly (ed.). The Little Voice. London, UK. ASIN B01MG9AP4U. ISBN 1539908550.
  4. ^ a b Sheldon, Joss (2015). Occupied. London, UK. ISBN 9781516821808.
  5. ^ a b Sheldon, Joss (2014). Involution & Evolution. London, UK. ISBN 9781500854706.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the family". Northampton Town Football Club - Official Website. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "SPECIAL GUEST TO ATTEND OPEN FORUM". www.ntfc.co.uk. Northampton Town Football Club - Official Site. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Professional Experience: Joss Sheldon". Profiwiki. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ "JOSS SHELDON TALKS ABOUT HIS LATEST NOVEL, 'OCCUPIED'". Pak Asia Times. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016 – via http://www.pakasiatimes.com.
  10. ^ Stable, Ryan (3 March 2016). "The rebel author Joss Sheldon talks about his latest novel 'Occupied'". AXS. Retrieved 7 March 2016 – via http://www.axs.com/.
  11. ^ "Blog: Your New Year Tibet reading list". Free Tibet. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016 – via http://freetibet.org.
  12. ^ Billy, Archer (23 February 2016). "JOSS SHELDON TALKS TO BuzzFeed". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 7 March 2016 – via https://www.buzzfeed.com/.
  13. ^ "Joss Sheldon talks about his genre-busting novel, 'Occupied'". Daily Herald. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016 – via www.dailyherald.com.
  14. ^ Alghoul, Diana (11 December 2016). "Occupied". Middle East Monitor. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Joss Sheldon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Operant Conditioning — Be the person the establishment wants you to be". Medium. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  17. ^ Topple, Steve (24 November 2016). "A new, off-the-wall book puts the education system starkly under the spotlight". The Canary. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  18. ^ Gill, Paul. "The 5 Most Thought Provoking Political Novels EVER". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  19. ^ Speier, Ryan (24 November 2016). "Have you ever felt like the world wants you to be someone else? If so, this is the book for you!". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  20. ^ "The Little Voice": A rebellious analysis of our education system". World Best Educational Blog. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Joss Sheldon is back! - openPR". www.openpr.com. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  22. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: "Individutopia", a Modern Classic in the Making". Dallas Sun. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  23. ^ Osm, Anmol. "JOSS SHELDON SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE BAY NET". The Bay Net.
  24. ^ "A new book takes Thatcher's legacy to its terrifying conclusion: 'Individutopia' | The Canary". The Canary. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Open mic night with Joss Sheldon". Stop The Arms Fair. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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