White Rabbit, Red Wolf
Walker Books, 2018
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Tom Pollock is a graduate of the Sussex University Creative Writing Programme, and a member of the London-based writers’ group The T-Party. A long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, he has spectacularly failed to grow out of his obsession with things that don’t, in the strictest sense of the word, exist.
He has his master of fine arts degree from Sussex University and also holds a master’s degree in philosophy and economics from Edinburgh University.
He has lived everywhere from Scotland to Sumatra, but the peculiar magic of London has always drawn him back.
A taut thriller about murder, maths and the mind.
Peter Blankman is afraid of everything but must confront truly unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine.
Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
Tom’s writing influences and inspirations are Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, David Almond and Alan Garner.
Tom pretty much does all his writing at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank. He says, “It’s light and airy, has plug sockets, and as a bonus, internet access flaky enough to guarantee that I’ll concentrate on my writing”.
Battersea Power Station is a London landmark that has inspired Tom’s writing!
Tom has a sweet tooth and particularly loves ice cream.
To find out more about Tom, follow him on Twitter @tomhpollock
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