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Jonathan Green is an English author and investigative journalist specializing in narrative non-fiction. He is the author of two books Murder in the High Himalaya (2010) and Sex Money Murder (2018).
Life and careerEdit
Green grew up on the family pig farm at Glemsford, near Sudbury, Suffolk; when he was 14 the family sold the farm settling in Bury St Edmunds. He attended boarding school at St Joseph's College, Ipswich, until age 18, but was unhappy with his education there and vowed to become a journalist after he graduated. Years later he would return to school and in 2015 obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.
Green's writing career began at age 18, when he worked for the Suffolk Free Press as an investigative journalist. He did freelance work for a few years, then attended the London College of Printing. He then got a break as an investigative feature writer at The Big Issue in London. Since then, Green has written for the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Garden and Gun, Town and Country, the Sunday Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Fast Company, Esquire, GQ, The Financial Times, Men's Health, and The Mail on Sunday, among others. He has reported in Sudan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, South Africa, China, Colombia, Ukraine, Borneo and the ice fields of Alaska among many other places.
Green's first book, Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet (2010) is about the Nangpa La shootings. It is based on his article in Men's Journal called "Murder at 19,000 Feet". Murder in the High Himalaya won the Banff Mountain Book Competition in the Mountain and Wilderness Category (2011). It also won the American Society of Journalists and Authors Outstanding Non Fiction Book of the Year (2011). The book is endorsed by the Dalai Lama and actor Richard Gere.
Green's second book, Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood and Betrayal (2018) chronicles the story of the infamous Bronx gang Sex Money Murder through inside access to gangsters and the federal agents, police officers and prosecutors who took them down. Author Jill Leovy reviewing in The New York Times Book Review said that the book is "exceptionally authentic". As of March 2019, a TV show based on the book is being developed by rapper and producer 50 Cent along with producer Nicole Rocklin.
- 2011 American Society of Journalists and Authors, Outstanding Non-Fiction Book Award, Murder in the High Himalaya
- 2011 Banff Mountain Book Competition, Mountain and Wilderness Literature category, Murder in the High Himalaya
- Christine White (September 11, 2010). "Author Jonathan Green talks about 'Murder in the High Himalaya'". MassLive.com. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Steven Russell (July 21, 2011). "Murder in the Himalayas: The ex-Suffolk schoolboy living dangerously". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
- "Nonfiction Alumnus and Students Featured in The New York Times". Goucher College. June 5, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
- Rachael Gallagher (November 21, 2007). "Award-winner tells of his 20 years of living dangerously". Press Gazette. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
- Author page Archived 2010-06-22 at the Wayback Machine at PublicAffairs
- Jonathan Green. Murder in the High Himalaya, PublicAffairs, 2010. ISBN 978-1-58648-714-0
- Pete Redington (September 6, 2012). "Gunshots on the Roof of the World". Valley Advocate. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Banff Mountain Book Festival 2011". Banff Mountain Book Festival. November 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-04.
- "2011 Annual Writing Awards". American Society of Journalists and Authors. 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "Murder at 19,000 Feet" (PDF). Men's Journal. November 2007.[dead link]
- Jill Leovy (June 1, 2018). "The Killers of the 'Sex Money Murder' Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "50 Cent Developing TV Series About Sex Money Murder Gang". Rap-Up. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.