Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain
First edition
AuthorJeffrey Moore
PublisherThistledown Press
Publication date
29 Nov 1999
Media typePrint
AwardsCommonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (2000)

Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain (also published as Red-Rose Chain[1]) is the first novel by Canadian author Jeffrey Moore[2] it won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in 2000, and has been translated into a dozen different languages.

Plot Introduction

The novel chronicles the peregrinations of its love-obsessed picaresque hero, Jeremy Davenant, as he moves from York to Toronto to Montreal’s “Plateau district” and then back to York in pursuit of a destiny, that he believes is determined by a page ripped from an encyclopedia, which includes a university career based on a bogus PhD with a plagiarized thesis on the apocryphal Shakespeare play, A Yorkshire Tragedy, and the intermittently requited love of his “dark lady,” a Roma named Milena.



  1. ^ Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  2. ^ Moore, Jeffrey. Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain. Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 1999.
  3. ^ Moher, Frank. “Yo! Canajon Fiction, Mon.” National Post, 25 March 2000: 9.
  4. ^ Bartley, Jim. "review of Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain. Globe and Mail. 15 April 2000: R2.
  5. ^ Love's labour's literary, The Telegraph, 21 Jul 2002 Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  6. ^ Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2002 Retrieved 2015-09-25.