Cassandra Complex

Cassandra Complex

By Jonathan Taylor

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-17-4

Cassandra Complex has been shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Prize 2019

94 pages, Paperback, 135x210mm

Cassandra Complex is a collection of poems, found poems, found translations, mis-translations, prophecies, pseudo-prophecies, apocalyptic visions and moments of retroactive clairvoyance.

It is by Jonathan Taylor, whose books include the novel Melissa (Salt, 2015), the memoir Take Me Home (Granta, 2007), and a previous poetry collection, Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013). Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, he now lives in Leicestershire with his wife and twin daughters.

Reviews of previous work:

Musicolepsy: “Taylor is a subtle, intelligent and richly allusive poet” (Acumen), “Taylor’s absorbing passion for his subjects and his gift for communicating the warp and weft of the universe – and the way music entwines itself round your brain – make it rewarding” (Leftlion Magazine), “An impressive and most engaging collection of poems” (The Seventh Quarry), “This bristles with erudition … a wealth of inventiveness” (Orbis Magazine).

Melissa: “… a fascinating portrait of family skillfully rendered through Taylor’s mournfully elegant prose” (Los Angeles Review), “Taylor’s important novel …explores what happens when … stages [of grief] do not succeed one another in a linear fashion” (The Lancet Psychiatry). Shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016.

Take Me Home: “There is black comedy to be extracted from the story… poignant” (Sunday Times), “It… stands as a fine testimonial to man whose life was a mystery” (Guardian). Recently named by Prof. Andrew Lees as one of his top ‘Five Books on Neuroscience.’