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, THE THINGS THAT WE LOST, 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submission from over 2,000 entries for the 2021 #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize, a competition that aims to discover unpublished, underrepresented writers aged 16-30 from the UK and Ireland.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’s writing has been published as part of We Present’s Literally Series. In 2021, she was invited to speak at UEA Live, the Primadonna Festival, and the Netflix & Evening Standard’s Stories Festival about her writing and diversity in the publishing industry.
Jyoti currently lives in London and her debut novel will be published by #Merky Books at Penguin Random House UK in January 2023.