Jonathan Carr

Jonathan Carr is lucky enough to have lived in what have been three of the world’s great cultural and trading centres: London, Athens and Chicago. His debut novel – Make Me A City – embroiders fact with fiction to tell a story about the remarkable 19th century beginnings of the city that would grow from a mosquito-infested swamp with one log cabin into a city of 1.7 million people within a century. While resident in Greece, Jonathan wrote book reviews and travel articles, covering thirty-odd islands for the Athens News. He has also written travel pieces for places as far apart as Namibia, Cambodia and Peru. In short fiction, ‘Takeover’ won second prize in the 2012 Fish International Story Competition, and ‘The Dead Skipper’ was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013. A novella set in Myanmar was shortlisted for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize in the USA. He studied Classics and English at Cambridge, and is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His home is in Bologna, Italy. Make Me A City will be published in London and Melbourne by Scribe Publications in early 2019.

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