The Transition
by Luke Kennard

The Transition

4th Estate

What do you do with a generation who’ve had everything, but still can’t grow up?

Welcome to The Transition. While taking part in The Transition couples spend six months living under the supervision of mentors, two successful adults of a slightly older generation. Freed from their financial responsibilities, they are coached through the key areas of the scheme – Employment, Nutrition, Responsibility, Relationship, Finances and Self-Respect – until they are ready to be reintegrated into adult society.

Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize

“Kennard tricks out in tremendous colour every facet of Transitional architecture, from attic to basement, plus its interior of increasingly disturbing design. He wields a precisely graduated palette for his narrative description, bringing an engaging immediacy to everything his brush strokes. And to everyone: beyond the bracing indictment of society there is the pity for Genevieve and Karl, whose plight shadows the bright comedy of manners and mores.”

About the Author

Luke Kennard is the author of five collections of poetry. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He lectures at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. His latest poetry book, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in June 2016. The Transition is his first novel.