Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University in Leicester, and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher, Crystal Clear Creators. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, he now lives in Leicestershire, with his wife, Maria, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is

Entertaining Strangers:
“Original, strange, funny, profound” (Louis De Bernieres), “A literary novel, with prose like music” (Sophie Duffy), “an intriguing… investigation into the inescapability of personal and political history” (Times Literary Supplement)

Take Me Home:
“Taylor’s account… turns its back on the cliches of the genre to which it seems initially to belong… Instead, there is black comedy to be extracted from the story… poignant” (Sunday Times), “affecting and erudite memoir… startlingly acute” (Irish Times), “It… stands as a fine testimonial to man whose life was a mystery” (Guardian)

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