Fiction. Set in contemporary London, A MOMENT MORE SUBLIME: A NOVEL is the riveting story of Tom Phelps, a philosophy teacher and tennis buff, who finds himself unexpectedly embroiled in his union's struggle against a corrupt school administration and its plans to cut jobs under the pretense of modernization and fiscal austerity, just as he and his partner Sofia are getting ready to buy a home and start a family. What Tom thought would be a routine academic year teaching Aristotle's Ethics and playing tennis at their local club with Sofia on the weekends, turns out to be a year of professional turmoil and strained commitments."... thoughtful, suspenseful, and stunningly well written ..."—André Aciman
How Writing a Novel Can Get You Fired... in London: A Publisher's Field Notes, an essay by Michael Eskin, Cofounder and Publisher at Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc.
Stephen Exley @ Times Education SupplementAlison Flood @ The Guardian2015 SILVER Independent Publisher Book Award (Contemporary Fiction)Lynne Sedgemore @ Times Education Supplement2015 "Not the Booker Prize" Shortlist @ The Guardian
Stephen Grant is a London-based novelist, educator, and trade unionist. He is the author of two novels: the award- winning campus novel A MOMENT MORE SUBLIME (Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc., 2014), which cost him his job as lecturer of philosophy at Richmond upon Thames College and was short-listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize in 2015; and, most recently, SPANISH LIGHT (Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc., 2018), the quintessential, thrilling European novel about the 2008 global economic crisis and its aftermath. Author City: LONDON UNK