Paperback 6" x 9" 118 pages ISBN 978-1-291-97565-9  Published September 2014

‘After creating psychoanalyst James Kent as the centrepiece of a compelling series of short stories, Urban Narratives (Penniless Press Publications), Champion now works his descriptive magic on a novella. Whilst notionally subscribing to a thriller format, he has actually produced a highly disciplined novel of ideas more readily associated with the European tradition, reflecting on the nature of identity and the impact of class in a postmodern age. Clever yet elegant, Champion benefits from the taut styling and descriptive precision that derive from his poetry, capturing a sense of time and place that transport us to his host locations, whilst also slightly dislocating our commonsensical assumptions. Think Jean Paul Sartre reimagining Alastair Maclean.

In James Kent, Champion has created a textured and flawed hero, someone who is opinionated, contrarian, vulnerable and humane; and someone definitely deserving of further outings. More please, and soon.’ 

Chris Connelly, Hastings Independent Press (’14) 

‘If you’re expecting to read titles of comparative texts by well known writers littered throughout a tribute to Ken Champion, you are mistaken - he’s not that kind of writer. The author is rare amongst his peers in social and literary relevance for he can present the lost, the mistaken, the sophistication doggedly clung to in despair and bring into being the deepest, unspoken tenderness. Following the psycho-geography of much of Urban Narratives, a story collection whose exploration of themes and ideas are broadened into similarly disturbed planes in The Dramaturgical Metaphor, Champion introduces a protagonist randomly and artfully directing Kundera-esque scenarios across Europe to escape from a damaged ego while searching for an idealised one. This new novella is not only to be admired for its style and pace, but to be felt, to be angry at.’

Philip Ruthen, Waterloo Press (’14) 


Ken Champion is an internationally published poet and writer whose work has appeared in over 150 magazines and anthologies. He has two pamphlets, African Time (2002) and Cameo Poly (2004) and a full collection, But Black And White Is Better (2008, reprinted 2010) all published by Tall Lighthouse. His fiction has been published in literary journals in the USA and extensively in the UK and he is a Profiled Poet for South Magazine and reviewer for Write Out loud.  A selection of his poems and fiction can be found at The Poetry Library and at www.kenchampion.org.uk

Ken lectures in sociology and lives in London..