OWN IT! to publish SASHA KNIGHT, debut novel by Sean Godfrey

On a journey that will take Matthew 30 years to find one day, his best friend… and maybe even the truth.


Creative Director and editor at OWN IT! Jason Morgan acquires world rights directly from Sean Godfrey for his debut novel, SASHA KNIGHT.

Alternating between past and present, shifting back and forth from Jamaica and the United States, SASHA KNIGHT picks apart the puzzle left behind when 11-year-old Sasha disappears. Everyone seems convinced that she has simply run away. Sometimes, on the good days, when she isn’t talking to him, her 9-year-old best friend Matthew believes it too… 

 A coming-of-age tale, portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma. It also touches on the deep-seated class and colour divide in Jamaican society during the late 70’s and 80’s. A genre-bending mashup that shakes the senses and tears at your heart. 

Creative Director and Commissioning Editor, Jason Morgan says “Sasha Knight is the kind of gem you dream of finding in the unsolicited submissions. What first drew me to it was Sean’s unbelievable ability to bring me back to the feeling of being a kid and having a best friend. What Sean does after that is quite remarkable. Characters that live on long after the page has turned, twists and turns you never see coming and a richness of language that is subtlety magnetic but always intoxicating. Sean is the first overseas writer we have published, and his work joins our burgeoning list of debut novels. Something we at OWN IT! are immensely proud of championing”. 


Sean Godfrey was born in Jamaica and left the island at sixteen to join his mother in America. He has held various jobs including cashier, lab assistant and janitor. When he is not writing he works as a librarian in his home state of Texas, USA.  

 Sean commented, “What a thrill it is to be publishing my debut novel with OWN IT!. The process has been a blast. More than that, the team has made me feel welcomed into their amazing family”. 

Check out the article in The Bookseller here.