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KEN CHAMPION

 

Paperback 6" x 9" 150 pages ISBN 978-1-326-28512-8

Published June 2015

 

This is a splendid novel of the London Blitz that captures life mostly through the eyes of a bright and creative working class boy.  Keith’s knowledge of what’s going on is limited, but his experience leads us deep into a time and place – and the lives of ordinary people – with more power than any history book could convey. 

Meredith Sue Willis (’15)

After his widely acclaimed novella, The Dramaturgical Metaphor, an existential thriller which sees psychoanalyst James Kent embark on a dark and disturbing European journey, Champion’s new offering, Keefie, occupies very different territory.

    Opening amongst the narrow, grimy, tree-free streets of 1930s East London where his titular hero is growing up and making sense of his world in the run-up to war, Champion brilliantly captures the claustrophobic life of work, traditional gender roles and family amongst the white working class that once dominated these neighbourhoods, deploying his mastery of conversation to powerful effect as he anatomises the rules, restrictions and unspoken resentments that define a tightly bounded, long lost world.

    A second narrative, initially located in New York, collides with the first in rural East Anglia which sees a blue collar lecturer on an intellectual journey that probes identity and the inherent contradictions between nature and nurture.

    Once again, Champion has produced a clever novel that is both distinctive and profoundly unsettling, exposing the emotional emptiness of both the superficially cheery cockney culture and the loquacious, self- regarding grove of academe. There may be an overwhelming sadness at the core of the story, yet there’s also something decidedly beautiful about the way it is told; shining the tiniest flicker of light into the author’s bomb-ravaged wartime landscape.

Chris Connelley, Hastings Independent Press (’15)

 

Ken Champion is an internationally published writer, novelist and poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in the US and extensively in magazines and anthologies in the UK.

A volume of short stories, Urban Narratives (2013), a novel, The Dramaturgical Metaphor (2014) and a collection of poetry, Cameo Metro (2014) have been published by Penniless Press Publications. A pamphlet, African Time (2002), chapbook, Cameo Poly (2004) and a first collection, But Black and White Is Better (2008, reprinted 2010) are published by Tall Lighthouse. He is a South Magazine Profiled Poet and a reviewer.

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.

 

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