Toby Litt is best-known for writing his books – from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far) Life-Like – in alphabetical order; he is currently working on P.

Life-Like is published by Seagull Books and looks like this –


That’s Agatha on the right.

Life-Like 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 ‘John & John’ won 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.

He is working on Wrestliana, a memoir, which Galley Beggar Press will publish in the Spring of 2018.

Toby writes songs and song cycles with Emily Hall.

You can find some stories by Toby on wattpad.


3 thoughts on “ABOUT

    • Alex,

      thanks for your message. Hospital being missed out was an oversight, now corrected. I wasn’t trying to exclude it.
      I’m very glad to hear you like that book. I don’t know if I’ve heard from anyone else who said it was their favourite.
      If there’s anything you’d like to see on the site, do let me know.


      • Hi there,

        It was an unusual read, but I like uniquely-written books that don’t follow a formulae (probably why Alex Garland and Hunter S Thompson are two other favourites). Makes a change from the influx of shiny vampires and lovesick zombies on bookshelves today! ;o)

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