Moses McKenzie

Moses McKenzie is 24 and lives in Bristol. His debut literary novel An Olive Grove in Ends is a resonant coming of age story which also offers an intimate portrait - at times tender and lyrical, at others bleak and despairing - of a black-British community in Bristol. The novel’s narrator is Sayon, a young man of Jamaican heritage who struggles to escape the world in which he was raised. He is caught between the opposing claims of his lawless but warmly affectionate extended family and a self-righteous Christianity peddled by Pastor Lyle, father of the girl Sayon has always loved.

An Olive Grove in Ends is published in the UK under the Wildfire imprint of Headline Publishing and in the US by Little, Brown. It is listed as one of the 10 best debut novels of 2022 in The Observer, and, in an influential US review, has been called ‘the most exciting UK debut in years’.

Moses is currently working his second novel and researching his third. His writing is strongly influenced by his literary heroes who include James Baldwin and Maya Angelou.