Jason Donald was born in Dundee and grew up in Pretoria. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at St. Andrews University and, in 2005, graduated from Glasgow University’s Creative Writing Masters Degree programme with distinction. His first novel Choke Chain was published by Jonathan Cape and was shortlisted for both the Saltire First Book of the Year and the Author’s Club Debut Novel of the Year.
His second novel, Dalila, will also be published by Jonathan Cape and Vintage in 2017. Dalila is a remarkably moving tale of one woman’s heart-breaking journey through the UK asylum system. Wonderfully voiced, sparse, funny, tear-jerking – this is a slow-burning, spell-binding novel that will leave the reader devastated.
Written with heart-breaking touches of humour, warmth and compassion, this timely and thought-provoking novel tackles a serious and uncomfortable subject matter in a deeply affecting way. A novel about forging dignity in a world of tragedy, and raising issues about immigration and asylum seekers through the story of one woman’s plight, Dalila is a necessary tale of our times.
‘Reads like a dream, races along and open-heartedly reveals one corrupt road by which boys should not become men.’ – Janice Galloway
‘Dalila is one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve read in a while. Succinct yet beautifully descriptive, it would be impossible for any reader to come away from it without a renewed or newfound sympathy for genuine asylum seekers. This is an absorbing, heartbreaking novel.’ Noo Saro-Wiwa
‘Choke Chain completely and triumphantly defines its own territory – the novel’s restraint concealing its building power and its huge compassion.’ – Alan Warner
‘This is an exceptional debut.’ – The Independent
‘Astonishingly assured’ – The Scotsman
‘Excellent’ – The Guardian
‘A compelling novel of a young woman’s struggle to find safety in a hostile world, Dalila examines some of the most important issues of our age. Powerful, compassionate and deeply human.’ Anne Donovan
Film rights have been optioned and the screenplay is being written by Christopher Hampton (Atonement, Dangerous Liaisons, A Dangerous Method)
Agent Name: Sam Copeland