‘Ken Champion’s reputation was forged on the
basis of his talent for exquisite miniaturism and his ability to
anatomise the subtleties of close relationships in and around his
In his expansive new novel, Champion confidently strides the global
stage cleverly inter-linking three lives as he reflects on
relationships, work, community and what success means for people and
places in the fragile, crash-and-burn economy of the 20th Century.
At times angry, funny, touching and tender,
THRUST is a compelling read posing huge questions that demand our
‘This is Champion's best novel to date. It
carries acute observations of people struggling to find ways of
urban living where forces, at times beyond their control, bend and
strain their lives.'
reader never doubts that the separate threads of this novel will be
gathered up in the end, and they are - along with satisfying
surprises, revelations and a climactic dialogue about the meaning of
‘progress’ in a city’s construction.
Champion’s story-telling pulls you in and
draws everything together in a final knot that lingers in memory and
for Readers, Meredith Sue Willis (USA),
is an enjoyably bold portrait of life in cosmopolitan cities and an
examination of the pursuit of ‘progress’ at the expense of
community. There are intriguing parallels and contrasts between its
three main characters, and especially pleasing
are the descriptions of
Joanna Ezekiel, 2017
Ken Champion is a
writer, novelist, poet and reviewer who is the author of 3 novels, 2
novellas, a volume of short stories, 2 poetry pamphlets and 2 full
collections. His work has also appeared in literary journals in the
and extensively in magazines and anthologies in the UK.