Friday, March 25, 2016

New Novel




07/04/16


From the acclaimed author of THE SAVAGES comes a riotous black comedy and brand new breed of outcast.

Uptight schoolboy, Maurice, struggles in a world that’s taken a feral turn. Ever since a human subclass crept out of the sinkholes and hid among us, just one thing gives them away. Their offspring hit adolescence and boom! They transform into seriously anti-social monsters. 

The trolls, as they're less-than-affectionately known, are everywhere: in the streets, our classrooms and all over the internet. The solution? To contain these incurable troublemakers in vast, secure settlements.

A school bus tour through one such sprawling urban zone is intended to be educational for Maurice and his classmates, but an unexpected event unwittingly turns the schoolboy into a wanted troll freedom fighter. Together with Wretch, a habitual fire starter with a heart of gold, and with reluctant support from social worker Candy Lau, Maurice is forced to go on the run and even shake up the system while he’s at it.

In this unique celebration of unlikely friendships – teeming with unacceptable behaviour - BAD APPLE takes trolling to another level while inviting us to take a long, hard look at ourselves.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Side Project



I was in a band as a teenager. The most notable thing about us was the fact that we blagged our lighting rig from Bauhaus. All I remember about those gigs is being so blinded by strobes that we just turned up the volume and hoped for the best. I turned to writing once we went our separate ways, but never lost interest in making music.

So, in between books over the last few years, I've returned to my first love. Wreckages is an instrumental project available for free streaming and download. 



All tracks on this first release, Come to Rest are composed, performed and produced by me, on and off from 2013 - 2015. The last two tracks contain samples from street recordings, and come to you with a parental advisory label. Rock and roll.

And now back to the day job...




Thursday, October 08, 2015

Mexico

I will appearing at the FIL Zócalo Festival in Mexico City on October 17 & 18, courtesy of The British Council and Conaculta

The following week, I'll be taking part in literary events in Oaxaca - a south western state on the Pacific coastline.




Thursday, September 10, 2015

Username: Evie


Today sees publication of USERNAME: EVIE, the debut graphic novel by Youtube star, Joe Sugg.

I'm delighted to have been part of the team that helped Joe bring out the best in his story, and wish Joe, and the book, every success. From the back pages, here we are ready to save the world...



update:

In the UK, Username Evie has become the fastest selling graphic-novel of all time
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

I'm really looking forward to this... Lars is a former Norwegian Premier League footballer, and his novel is brilliant:




LARS JOACHIM GRIMSTAD & MATT WHYMAN'S UNUSUAL FAMILIES

Do you think your family is weird? Well, meet those in The Disappearing Children by Lars Joachim Grimstad and The Savages by Matt Whyman. One includes a taxi driving dad who becomes Prime Minster in post-revolution Norway, and the other is a darkly delicious treat for anyone who has been embarrassed by their own flesh and blood.