The Fountain in the Forest
Novel — published 4 January 2018
About: When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. Who is this anonymous corpse, and why has he been ritually mutilated? But as Rex explores the crime scene further, the mystery deepens, and he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead. Who, more importantly, is Rex King? Shifting between Holborn Police Station, an abandoned village in rural 1980s France, and the Battle of the Beanfield at Stonehenge, The Fountain in the Forest transforms the traditional crime narrative into something dizzyingly unique. At once an avant-garde linguistic experiment, thrilling police procedural, philosophical meditation on liberty, and counter-culture bildungsroman, this is an iconoclastic novel of unparalleled ambition.
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Size: 234 x 156mm
A Place Free Of Judgement
Blast Theory and Tony White
Feat. an exclusive novella by Tony White: ‘Zombies Ate My Library’
About: During 2016 Blast Theory and acclaimed author Tony White worked with young people in libraries in Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Staffordshire to reimagine libraries, storytelling and their place in the world. This book is a result of that process. A Place Free Of Judgement includes a specially commissioned novella by Tony White, for Young Adult (Y.A.) and general readers. Set against a backdrop of library cuts and closures, ‘Zombies Ate My Library’ follows the lives of four young people in the West Midlands — Alice, Gareth, Tommy and Rukhsana — as they plot a sleepover in a haunted library. What could possibly go wrong?
Publisher: Blast Theory, 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Prizes: ‘Zombies Ate My Library’ was shortlisted in the ‘Best Novella’ category of the Saboteur Awards 2017.
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Shackleton’s Man Goes South
About: The world is turned upside down. There are Zeppelins over South Kensington and boat people in the South Atlantic. Among them is Emily, who arrives in South Georgia with her daughter Jenny on the way to a reunion with husband John, who has gone ahead to find work. They travel with Browning, a sailor who has already saved their lives more than once. In the slang of their post-melt world, Emily and Jenny are refugees known as ‘mangoes’, a corruption of the saying ‘man go south’. Shackleton’s Man Goes South is the Science Museum’s 2013 Atmosphere commission. An accompanying exhibition in the Museum’s Atmosphere gallery which charts the scientific and literary inspiration behind the novel has now closed after a two-year run.
Publisher: Science Museum, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-900747-64-6 (paperback. EPUB, .mobi and PDF editions also available)
Size: 130mm x 198mm
The Science Museum’s limited edition paperback and free ebook promotions are now finished, but you can download a free PDF of the novel here.
Missorts Volume II
About: Paul is a postman working nights at Bristol Temple Meads, while Ronnie does the Missorts duty on the late shift. Oliver is a lecturer who makes an unexpected discovery about William Blake – and himself – in the archives. Jessica is a young woman seeking a kind of peace with the father who walked out on her when she was a child. Four Bristol lives that barely connect, but they have all been shaped by loves lost and letters found, and now they must each find their own way to write a reply. Published by public art producer Situations to accompany Missorts, Tony White’s permanent public soundwork for Bristol.
Publisher: Situations, 2012
Size: 130mm x 198mm
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Dicky Star and the Garden Rule
About: Dicky Star and the Garden Rule follows young Leeds couple Laura and Jeremy through the turbulent days at the end of April 1986 when the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the former Soviet Union. Dicky Star and the Garden Rule is published to accompany Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum) by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, a series of works reflecting upon the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Novelist Tony White reveals Jeremy and Laura’s story in vivid daily chapters that follow the disaster’s impact in the UK, but are also each determined by their own quixotic puzzle: each daily chapter must be told using all of the answers to the Guardian Quick Crossword from that day in 1986. (Trivia: Dicky Star and the Garden Rule was the prototype for the Oulipian mandated vocabulary technique, subsequently used to write The Fountain in the Forest.)
Publisher: Forma Arts and Media Ltd, 2012
Size: 210mm x 148mm
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Another Fool in the Balkans
About: From magical hilltop villages on the Istrian peninsula to Marshall Tito’s private island hideaway, here are vivid and revealing portraits of the lives and landscapes of this endlessly captivating region. In this engrossing and informative book, White follows in the footsteps of the great Rebecca West, whose Yugoslavian travelogue Black Lamb and Grey Falcon was published to huge acclaim in 1941 and continues to inspire readers to this day. Drawing on the people, places and ideas he encounters during a series of journeys spanning five years, he joins the thousands of travellers who are rediscovering this extraordinary destination, and explores the continuing western European fascination with the Balkans. Tony White’s timely account examines the history, politics and culture of a region in transition following a decade of war. Crucially he also finds humour, humanity and optimism — but all the while he is aware that like so many travel writers before him, he, too, may be just ‘another fool in the Balkans’.
Publisher: Cadogan, 2006
Size: 130mm x 195mm
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Short story anthology
Co-editors: Borivoj Radaković, Matt Thorne and Tony White
About: ‘For the last six years, the playwright and novelist Borivoj Radaković has invited leading British writers to come to Croatia, and more recently to Serbia, and perform to huge audiences alongside the very best authors from the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia. The Festival of Alternative Culture (‘FAK’; both a festival and a network of new writers and publishers) is legendary in Croatia and beyond, and now Croatian Nights celebrates the networks it has created. Containing 18 new short stories set in Croatia, this anthology features nine UK authors and nine writers from the former Yugoslavia, most of whom appear in English translation for the first time. As Croatia becomes an increasingly popular holiday destination, and thoughts turn from war coverage and the Hague to EU enlargement, these stories capture the true spirit of this extraordinary area, and are a must-read for anyone who loves contemporary fiction.’
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail, 2005
Size: 130mm x 198mm
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About: ‘“What’s your favourite British novel from the past ten years?” The other day I was with a group of friends, and someone posed this question. A few fairly obvious titles were suggested, which gave me time to think. And when it came my turn to speak, I said, “Foxy T by Tony White”. My partner said “that’s just what I was going to say”. Foxy T is mostly set in the E-Z Call shop on Cannon Street Road. It’s written in a style that I can only describe as 100% Pure London, meaning a mix of here, there and everywhere. It tells the story of Foxy-T and Ruji-Babes, two very streetwise girls who are not without their troubles. Although not a big book in terms of length, Foxy-T encapsulates an astonishing amount of now – and it does it funnily, honestly, sexily and tenderly.’ Toby Litt, the Guardian
Publisher: Faber and Faber, 2003
Size: 130mm x 215mm
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About: Charlieunclenorfolktango is the call sign of a bunch of English cops in a riot van. This astoundingly original novel opens with fifty ways some mad killer could do you if there weren’t coppers in this world. Problem is, one of these cops is not entirely human. The Sarge thinks it’s him, and Lockie — the narrator — thinks he’s right. Well it can’t be that dozy tosspot Blakie, can it? In between witnessing and committing various atrocities and acts of work-a-day corruption, and being experimented on by aliens, Lockie thinks aloud about cave blokes and cave birds, Charlie’s Angels, and “the kynd a fings that blokes & birds do ter keep the dark dark nyte at bay.”
Publisher: Codex, 1999
Size: 130mm x 198mm
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Satan Satan Satan
About: ‘As the author of crusty classic Road Rage, Tony White is sufficiently experienced to have written a real page-turner in Satan! Satan! Satan!, complete with comprehensible plot and trusty Northern vowels. […] Intertextual, eldritch and demented, with a true occult edge, this would have made me delirious with dangerous joy were I still a teen ur-Goth.’ Elizabeth Young, Guardian
Publisher: Attack Books, 1999
Size: 118mm x 178mm
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Short story anthology
About: From pulp greats like Richard Allen and Ted Lewis to the literary underground and back again, all the writers in this ground-breaking anthology have put the emphasis firmly back on gratuitous story-telling and break-neck plots. Michael Moorcock’s latest Jerry Cornelius collides with the street realism of Yardie author Victor Headley. Nicholas Blincoe’s cool and stylish thriller writing meets the bitterly romantic confessions of Billy Childish. There’s the ballistic overload of Steve Aylett and the scorching hardcore prose of Stewart Home. Well-dressed London gangsters fight for page space with Stella Duffy’s jail bait. ‘Fast-twitch prose that fizzes and spits, narrative with a kick, jump cuts that hurt like a knuckle in the eye […] There’s only one rule: keep the pages turning. Let this book read you.’ Iain Sinclair
Publisher: Sceptre, 1999
Size: 130mm x 198mm
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About: ‘Who would have guessed that Richard Allen’s range of ’70s bootboy novels would have proved so influential? First Stewart Home samples the speed and aggression in order to turn round the political message and make the link with Burroughs and Blake; then Victor Headley steals a few riffs to draw up a map of the Black Atlantic in London. […] what subculture could be appropriated next? Tony White’s Road Rage makes it clear. Mixing psycho-social realism and techno-pagan fantasy, Tony White stakes out a position between Stewart Home and Martin Millar to offer a vision of London which is romantic, revolutionary and conservative, all at the same time. This is a signpost to the fantastic worlds of a Michael Moorcock or an Alan Garner, and it’ll be interesting to see what White does next.’ i-D
Publisher: Low Life Books, 1997
Size: 110mm x 181mm
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