Toby Litt 2015 copy

Photograph by John Minihan.


Toby Litt is best-known for writing his books – from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far) Patience – in alphabetical order (apart from the non-fiction ones); he is currently working on Q and R.

His new novel, Patience, was published by Galley Beggar Press in September 2019. You can read an excerpt here. And buy it here.

Wrestliana, Toby’s family memoir about being a man, fighting and losing, was published by Galley Beggar Press on May 1st 2018. You can read an excerpt here.

His previous novel, Notes for a Young Gentlemancame out in February 2018.

Life-Like, also published by Seagull Books was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015 and long listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Toby’s story ‘The Retreat’ won the brand new 2020 Short Fiction/ University of Essex Prize, his story ‘John & John’ came first in the semi-widely-known Manchester Fiction Prize, and his story ‘Call it “The Bug” Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title” was shortlisted for the notoriously lucrative Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

In May 2014, Toby’s first opera collaboration, Vastation (Nichtung), with music by Samy Moussa, was performed in Munich and Regensberg.

Also in 2014, Toby wrote a monthly comic – Dead Boy Detectives – based on characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This was published by Vertigo.

In 2017, Vertigo issued the trade paperback edition of Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade. This was a completion by Toby of a Neil Gaiman graphic novel.

Toby writes songs and song cycles (Befalling, Life Cycle, Rest) with Emily Hall. The scores of these are available from her shop. His other musical collaborations are on this Spotify playlist.

Toby is Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, London. He is the convenor of the MFA in Creative Writing.

He’s on – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, goodreadsAcademia.edu.