Paradise Now


Elektra is a video artist whose day-job at a call centre is killing her. Betrayed by everyone she loves, she flees a disastrous, last-ditch exhibition of her art to be recruited by a controversial gameshow where identity itself is for sale. Jari Moate reveals how his acclaimed novel Paradise Now emerged from a mix of inner-city life, faith and art and from conversations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

A dual British-Finnish national, Jari studied politics and literature at the University of York following military service in Finland. He currently freelances in urban regeneration in Bristol. He is the author of Paradise Now, a contemporary literary thriller set in the inner city and the Middle East, published in 2010 to excellent reviews. He is developing the first ever Bristol Festival of Literature this October.

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