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.

Wrestliana, a family memoir about fighting and losing, will be published by Galley Beggar Press on May 1st 2018. You can read an excerpt here.

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

His previous book, 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 ‘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.

Toby writes songs and song cycles (Befalling, Life Cycle, Rest) with Emily Hall. The scores of these are available from her shop.

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

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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