Tom Pollock, author of London-based fantasies The City’s Son, and The Glass Republic, was interviewed for Neil Gaiman’s Weird London podcast for the Guardian.
heads into strange territory, guided by the Books site’s editor-for-a-day, Neil Gaiman.
First, we follow Damien Walter on the trail of Weird London, a parallel city that has been built on the banks of another Thames by writers of fantasy fiction. He explores why the capital has made such fertile ground for writers who look beyond the real, along with Tom Pollock, M John Harrison and the owner of the Atlantis Bookshop, Geraldine Beskin.
You can listen to the podcast here. Damian Walter interviews Tom at 2:43 minutes in.
The Kitschies awards recognise “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre literature published in the UK”. Tom Pollock‘s novel, The City’s Son, was a finalist for the Golden Tentacle award for Best Debut. Huge congratulations!
Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.
When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.
The City’s Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family,friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.
The City’s Son is available in hardback, paperback and ebook from all the usual places. The sequel, The Glass Republic is out in July from Jo Fletcher Books.
Tom Pollock‘s debut novel, The City’s Son launches this week. It is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which. The novel is published by Jo Fletcher Books.
“Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.”
Here’s Tom talking about his ideas behind the book:
You can read the first extract from the book here. Further extracts will follow. Left wanting more? The City’s Son is available to order now.
Congratulations to Gaie Sebold and Tom Pollock! Their debut novels feature in the Publishers’ Choice for 2012 fantasy books, as reported on the Fantasy Faction website. Babylon Steel is available to order now, and The City’s Son can currently be pre-ordered in hardback and will be released in June.
Tom Pollock has sold his novel The City’s Son to Jo Fletcher Books, a Quercus imprint. Congratulations Tom! The book is the first in the urban fantasy trilogy The Skyscraper Throne and will be published by summer 2012.
The blurb says, “A teen girl graffiti artist teams up with the ragged son of a goddess to save the streets and monsters of London from a god of demolition.” More details to follow nearer the time!