PHOTO CREDIT: Tanja Kernweiss

PHOTO CREDIT: Tanja Kernweiss

Jonathan Lee is an award-winning, internationally bestselling novelist, editor, and screenwriter living in New York. His new novel, The Great Mistake (June 2021), is available for preorder now. His writing has been called “achingly good” in The New Yorker, and The New York Times has stated that “Lee’s prose will shame just about anyone who writes for a living.” (Jonathan is ashamed to be sharing this quote, but not ashamed enough to not share it.) According to The Guardian, “Lee dives deep into the minds and hearts of his characters, skillfully shoring up ‘the private moments history so rarely records.’”

Jonathan’s last novel, High Dive, was chosen as a book of the year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent on Sunday, and many other publications. It was also selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Jonathan is also the editor-in-chief at New York indie publisher Catapult, where his list of international authors includes the 2020 Pen/Faulkner prize winner Chloe Aridjis, 2019 Man Booker International Prize winner Jokha Alharthi, and Costa Award winner Jon McGregor. A former Literature Advisor to the British Council in London, focussing on building programs to support books in translation, Jonathan has also worked as an editor at literary journals such as A Public Space. At some point he also spent seven weird years as a lawyer in London.

Jonathan’s current screenwriting projects include working with Anonymous Content and True Detective exec producer Richard Brown on an original television drama called Confidence Man, with Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth on a screen adaptation of High Dive, and with MGM Television on an original series titled Lockerbie.

You can listen to a BBC interview with Jonathan here, or read an interview for The Paris Review here.