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Benjamin Johncock

Agent:  Juliet Pickering

Biography: Benjamin Johncock was born in England in 1978. His short stories have been published by The Fiction Desk and The Junket. He is the recipient of an Arts Council England grant and the American Literary Merit Award, and is a winner of Comma Press's National Short Story Day competition. He also writes for the Guardian. He lives in Norwich, England, with his wife, his daughter, and his son.

His debut novel THE LAST PILOT was published in the US by Picador and the UK by Myriad, in July 2015.

"Nostalgic and heart-rending... supercharged Hemingway at 70,000 feet.” —Washington Post

“Reading Johncock one is reminded of Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy and especially of James Salter’s The Hunters. His mastery of the American idiom is perfect. A first-rate novel by a major new talent.”—The Spectator

"A big, muscular novel... tenderly undercut by the quite different theme of a marriage and a family under unbearable stress... convincing and moving.” —The Guardian

“A remarkable achievement... lit by the fire of 1960s adventure, and also by the blazing beauty of a new literary star.” —The Boston Globe

"By far the best debut novel I've read in years - it reads like the reclusive disciple of Cormac McCarthy and Saint-Exupéry.” —Joanne Harris

“Transports readers to a time of scotch-soaked bars, Walter Cronkite on the news, and astronauts as superheroes... Ingeniously plotted, deftly written, and engrossing.”—People magazine, Best New Books

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THE LAST PILOT Literary Fiction, 315 pages Picador USA/Myriad UK, July 2015 Early October, 1947: Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force. When a terrible tragedy befalls his young family, Harrison's life grinds to a halt - so when he's offered a ticket to the moon, he takes it. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in modern history, THE LAST PILOT is a mesmerising story of loss and finding courage in the face of it.

THE LAST PILOT

Literary Fiction, 315 pages
Picador USA/Myriad UK, July 2015

Early October, 1947: Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force. When a terrible tragedy befalls his young family, Harrison's life grinds to a halt - so when he's offered a ticket to the moon, he takes it. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in modern history, THE LAST PILOT is a mesmerising story of loss and finding courage in the face of it.