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Are you tired of waiting for more?

Faith and love are put to the test in this novel of rage, art and ambition, written for our times.

Moving between the inner city and the Middle East, Paradise Now by Bristol author Jari Moate is a richly-textured quest for redemption.

Elektra is a film-maker whose day job at a call centre is killing her. When a last-ditch effort to showcase her art ends in disaster, betrayed by everyone she loves, she escapes to work on a You Tube show where identity itself is for sale, including hers. A figure from the Middle East targets her new-found notoriety in his thirst for judgement. She may be the one who holds the time-bomb to paradise, however, through the ghostly documentary of an urban boy preacher that she made in her darkest hour.

In a world of hope and broken promises, this is a pacy, intelligent quest for answers.

What people are saying »

“Nick Hornby meets George Orwell in Leo Tolstoy’s lobby during an earthquake”, this debut novel is an engrossing, well-paced read. Greenbelt Festival

A compelling writer. Bristol Evening Post

An intriguing, twisty-turny path. A great job of describing unconditional love. Bristol Review of Books

Fast, funny and ferocious. Rich Sayer, musician

A great book. Chris Paling, author


About the author »

a portrait of author Jari MoateBorn in Plymouth to Anglo-Finnish parents in the Seventies, Jari began with tank tops and thick socks. Military service in Helsinki followed by similar at the University of York added a helmet and mortar board. Some years in Brighton contributed ironic t-shirts. A stint in Paris ended in a cheap shirt from a suburb market. Following travel and work in the Middle East, Balkans, Russia, Mongolia and China, ethnic caps and robes were added. Living in Bristol’s inner city with his wife and boys has brought a collection of hoodies, sometimes worn together. He also has a t-shirt of his first novel, worn at gigs and court appearances.

His short story of the 2001 riots This Brick in my Hand reminded readers of Orwell and Palahniuk. (Bristol Review of Books) and he has published academically on regeneration topics.

He is also the founding Director of the Bristol Festival of Literature: Unputdownable.