Jyoti Patel was born in Paris to British Indian parents and grew up in North West London. She is the 2021 #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize winner and a graduate of the Creative Writing Prose Fiction MA from the University of East Anglia.
Her debut novel, SIX OF ONE, is told from the perspectives of 18-year-old Nik and his British Indian mother Avani, flitting between the past and present as Nik searches for answers surrounding the circumstances of his father’s death.
An extract of the novel was chosen as the winning submission from over 2,000 entries for the 2021 #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, a competition that aims to discover unpublished, underrepresented writers aged 16-30 from the UK and Ireland. The panel of judges included #Merky Books founder Stormzy, Candice Brathwaite, Emma Dabiri, Guz Khan and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
Jyoti currently lives in London and is working on finishing the novel, which will be published by #Merky Books at Penguin Random House UK.