The Fountain in the Forest – book trailer
“rich, riveting… White is always convivial company… His books [are] characterised by stylistic innovation, a feeling for place, a love of rogues and rebels.” (Sukhdev Sandhu, The Guardian, Book of the Day)
“a gripping police procedural … impeccably Oulipian in conception and execution” (TLS)
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 idyllic village commune 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.
The Fountain in the Forest is Tony White’s sixth novel, and is published by Faber and Faber. ISBN 9780571336180 310pp £14.99
“That all these stylistic fireworks can illuminate several rich plot lines, each with multiple twists, which an attentive reader will enjoy disentangling, is the best vindication of experimental prose.” (Financial Times)
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The following videos have been created and posted e.g. by readers, publishers, producers, project partners etc. Organised here by title, these range from video of live appearances or readings to short films documenting particular projects.
The Holborn Cenotaph
Tony White reads The Holborn Cenotaph at the inaugural Sylvia Plath Fan Club, London, 5 November 2015. (No spoilers.)
Shackleton’s Man Goes South
In this short video we see the Shackleton’s Man Goes South exhibition in the Science Museum’s Atmosphere Gallery, while Tony White discusses some of the background to the novel and demonstrates the touchscreen ebook dispenser developed to enable Museum visitors to obtain the book free and DRM-free in all ebook formats.
Writer Tony White, former Writer in Residence at the Science Museum, reads from his novel, Shackleton’s Man Goes South, at an event at Goethe-Institut London on 17 March, 2015. This event was part of Weather Stations, an international project exploring literary responses to climate change. Chaired by Jay Griffiths with panel members: Mirko Bonné, Weather Stations Writer in Residence at internationalesliteraturfestival berlin, Tony White, and Chris Rapley. Weather Stations is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Dicky Star and the Garden Rule
Dicky Star and the Garden Rule is a novella by Tony White that was launched with an event at the Free Word Centre on 26 April 2012, where this reading was filmed. Tony White was in conversation with writer and broadcaster Ken Hollings. Dicky Star and the garden rule by Tony White is published to acompany Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum) by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, a series of works commissioned by Forma to reflect on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Buy Dicky Star and the garden rule direct from distributor Cornerhouse.
An 8-minute documentary short about Missorts by Tony White, a permanent soundwork for the Redcliffe area of Bristol. Produced by the award winning Bristol-based Situations for Bristol City Council, and inspired by the city’s radical literary heritage, Missorts delivers ten original and interconnected short stories directly to your phone, triggered by GPS and accompanied by the Portwall Preludes, a series of striking new musical works specially commissioned from composer Jamie Telford. David Bickerstaff’s film charts the development and creation of Missorts, including interviews with Tony White, the contributing writers and composer Telford, as well as commentary from leading broadcaster and writer Michael Smith.
This video is designed to give you an overview of how to experience Missorts by Tony White—a permanent public artwork for Bristol.
Missorts Volume II—micro-readings
One of a series of micro-readings of one or two-minutes each designed to introduce the characters—Jessica, Oliver, Paul and Ronnie—from novella Missorts Volume II, published by Situations as a companion volume to the Missorts soundwork. The micro-readings were shot on location on Bristol’s Vauxhall Bridge. Watch the whole playlist of micro-readings from Missorts Volume II here.
Foxy-T (on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme)
Back in 2004, when the paperback of Foxy-T was published, I had a call from BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, or actually a fax: they tracked me down to a hotel room in Tallinn, Estonia. As part of their coverage of the next day’s A-level results they would be interviewing the then Schools Minister David Milliband and others about supposed falling standards in secondary education, after which they would turn to me to talk about Foxy-T. During the interview, the then presenter Ed Stourton gamely read a section of my novel aloud before asking whether by using such contemporary language I was in fact excluding ‘some of us’. For some inexplicable reason, the Today programme’s otherwise exhaustive sound archive, which includes every programme broadcast since 2003, is missing this section, which is listed here at 08:20 on 19 August 2004. However I obtained a low quality cassette recording which I have digitised and am making available now (with only mild apologies for the background noise and hiss) since part of the purpose of this site is to make archive materials available, and a poor quality recording is generally preferable to no recording at all.
Writer and novelist Tony White reading from Charlieunclenorfoltktango (which was published by the now sadly defunct Codex Books, 1999) at The Final Academy Show on 27th October 2012 at The Horse Hospital Bloomsbury London. Filmed (on a phone, from the front row of the audience) by Sarer Scotthorne & Paul Hawkins for Hesterglock.