Winner of the 2011 Edge Hill Readers' Prize The characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot. They discover the past is t a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences. A writer takes his research a little too far; a couple, stricken with guilt and grief, prepare a last meal; a group of swingers is rocked by the arrival of a new couple; a man takes a train journey to learn how to kill again; a deformed brother and sister exact revenge half a mile underground; a modern-day messiah astonishes a criminal gang, and a father is forever tormented by the few minutes his back was turned. It's impossible t to connect with these lives and the things that happen to them remaining with you long after reading. Provocative and bold, these stories will get under your skin.
Tom lives in south-west England, on the edge of a moor, where he moved to finish a novel set there. His blog about the experience received 9,000 hits in its first year. In 2007 he completed an MA in creative writing, and since then his short stories have appeared widely. A chapter from his first novel came in the top ten of the Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition, which received 46,000 entries. Tom is the assistant editor of the literary journal Short Fiction.
Long-listed for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2011 and Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2011.