Author finds ‘his voice’ on the Radio

Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee
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His first novel has led to comparisons with author Nick Hornby.

And for Jonathan Lee the publication of The Radio last month was also the realisation of a personal dream.

The manager of the Tax and Trust Department at Leeds-based wealth management company Pearson Jones Plc said: “Writing is something that I have always had a love for.

“When I was nine I started self-publishing a magazine for school and I have piles of journals and exercise books full of ideas.

“I think my friends were getting a bit fed up with me saying that I would write a novel one day. Then I got divorced five years ago and I found I had some time on my hands. I got joint custody of my three children and on the nights that they weren’t with me, I started to write again.”

On those nights he writes from 8pm to midnight and although he has a full-time job that requires him to work long hours every week, he is very disciplined about it.

“This is what I want to do with my life so I have to make time,” he says. “I book slots in my diary.”

Lee has described The Radio as “a dark story of family life, the perception of loving and being loved, and what it means to be sane”.

The central character in the novel is gentle, mild-mannered retired George Poppleton, with a demanding wife and grown-up daughter and a granddaughter whom he dotes on. The Radio, published by Matador, is £7.99. Go to