Dad’s new novel set for big screen

Jonathan Lee from Barnsley with his first book which has won an award before being published
Jonathan Lee from Barnsley with his first book which has won an award before being published
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A lucky author’s debut novel may be snapped up by movie-makers shortly after its release.

The Radio, by dad-of-three Jonathan Lee, tells the story of a henpacked father who uses an old radio to contact his son and go into a world of escapism after he commits suicide.

And Barnsley man Jonathan is already in ‘tentative talks’ with a well-known Yorkshire-based director about selling the film rights.

His book was head-hunted by publisher Troubadour, after it came second place in the national The Novel Prize competition last year.

Jonathan, aged 39, said: “It is a black comedy really. The main character finds an old radio up in the loft and it takes him back to his son who committed suicide 15 years earlier.

“My brother Simon committed suicide in a similar way so it was quite cathartic to write the book. I’m also speaking to a Yorkshire based film director who seems quite interested. It is really exciting.”

Jonathan, who runs trusts funds, is working on a second novel and short stories.

He is also visiting local schools talking to children about his writing.