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Jonathan Trigell

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In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. GENUS is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters... Acclaimed author Jonathan Trigell's third novel is a breathtaking tour de force, exploring a dystopia of the not-too-distant-a future which will leave readers wondering not 'what if', as the original audience of Huxley's Brave New World did, but 'when'.


Action, Apocalyptic, Crime, Detective, Mystery, Political, Sci-Fi, War

Short Summary

In a near future where the rich can genetically improve their offspring, a disfigured artist, an ageing model, a war-blinded writer, a Christian jihadi, an unwilling gangster and a suspiciously perfect cop, find their lives suddenly entwined in a fight against both anarchy and a terrifying order.

What appeared to be a series of murders, which linked all the central characters, unravels, through a series of twists, into a governmental level conspiracy to create a terror threat as an excuse to repress the underclass and ultimately impose a genetic apartheid.


A future London, with echoes of the hedonistic Montmartre of 'fin de siecle' Paris.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Nudity, Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Gunt - Detective Günther Charles Bonnet

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Crazy, Criminal, Desperate, Narcissistic, Sexy, Badass, Blunt, Complex, Heartthrob, Masculine, Lone Wolf, Perseverance, Unapologetic, Beautiful, Decisive, Secretive, Underdog, Villainous,Confident,Crazy,Narcisstic,Desperate,Sexy,Badass,Blunt,Complex,Masculine,Heartthrob,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Decisive,Underdog,Secretive,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Holman Prometheus

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy, Sarcastic, Underdog, Visionary, Educated, Engaging, Insecure, Modest,Sarcastic,Underdog,Visionary,Educated,Engaging,Modest,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Adele Nicole

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Religious, Seductive, Sexy, Sophisticated, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Decisive, Empathetic, Engaging, Gracious, Heartthrob,Seductive,Sexy,Sophisticated,Charming,Decisive,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Quigley Regan

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Criminal, Lone Wolf, Strong Moral Code, Villainous, Aspiring, Desperate, Honorable, Masculine,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Aspiring,Villainous,Desperate,Honorable,Masculine

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About The Author

Jonathan Trigell's first novel - BOY A - was dramatized by Film 4 and Cuba Pictures. The film was directed by John Crowley and starred Andrew Garfield and Peter Mullan. Among other prizes, BOY A won four BAFTA Awards and the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Known for his gritty but literary writing, Jonathan has won the Waverton Award for best first novel; the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, for best book in the commonwealth by an author under thirty-five; the Italian Edoardo Kihlgren Prize and the inaugural World Book Day Prize. Jonathan is British by birth but now lives in the French Alps. He is the author of four thematically very different novels: Boy A, Cham, Genus and The Tongues of Men or Angels. GENUS was on the brink of being shot, before Brexit destroyed the production company’s funding model, full rights are now back with the author and available here on Taleflick. Further information on Jonathan is available at

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Corsair, an imprint of Little, Brown UK

Year Published: 2011

Hard Copy Available



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