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Trigell, Jonathan

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1974-    ) UK author whose first novel, Boy A (2004), received considerable acclaim for its sympathetic approach to a child murderer attempting to reconstruct his life after release from prison, but hounded by the British popular press. Trigell's third novel, Genus (2011), is of sf interest for its depiction of a Near Future London hovering at the edge of genuine Dystopia, with the rich and the poor even more segregated than now, and where advances in Genetic Engineering have made it de rigueur for discerning parents to give birth only to designer babies. The protagonist is not one of the privileged. The author's sure touch with things to come falters only in his choice of Kings Cross, currently undergoing intensive gentrification, as a near future, disease-ridden ghetto for the "Unimproved", which he renames The Kross. [JC]

Jonathan Trigell

born Welwyn, Hertfordshire: 1974

works (selected)

  • Genus (London: Constable and Robinson/Corsair, 2011) [pb/uncredited]


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