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Villager/new website

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Hello lovely supporters,

Just wanted to let you know, in case you already didn't, that my debut novel, Villager, is now out in the world. If you didn't get chance to pledge for a first edition hardback, I do have a few for sale direct, signed, with a bookmark made by my mum, Jo, featuring one of her linoprints from inside. If you'd like one of these, please drop me an email via my website https…

Villager artwork

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Dear 21st-Century Yokel supporters,

Here's a little preview of some of the art that's coming together for my new book, Villager - my first ever novel, which covers almost two centuries of folklore and mystery in the life of a fictional moorland village, and is being published by Unbound in April 2022.

You might remember that my mum, Jo, did the linoprints for Yokel, and she's been hard at work…

My First Novel (finally)

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Dear lovely supporter of 21st-Century Yokel,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm launching the funding for my first novel today. It's the biggest book so far for me, couldn't be closer to my heart, and I'm very much hoping it will see daylight. It's called Villager, is set in a fictional West Country Village over many many years, and its themes include land lore, psychedelic music, plant life…

Notebook: subscriber list closing and final manuscript delivered!

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

I delivered the final edited manuscript of my latest book, Notebook, today. If you'd like to order a special first edition with your name in the back as a supporter, the list closes on April 20th:

You can read a little more about the book here: other news, the paperback of Ring The Hill will be published this week (https…

Notebook: the cover!

Friday, 20 March 2020

Hello lovely 21st-Century Yokel supporters,

I’m so pleased to be able to show you Clare Melinsky’s cover design for my new book, Notebook, which will be published by Unbound in September.

I know it’s a very difficult time for many people right now, but if you would like to pledge for a special edition hardback of Notebook, with your name printed in the back of the book, the deadline is April…


Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Dear 21st-Century Yokel subscribers,

I know some of you might have already purchased my debut fiction collection Help The Witch, but if not - or if you'd like the book for a friend - I wanted to let you know that I'm selling the remaining hardbacks direct at the moment (after these are gone, only the paperback will be available). All of these are available for cover price plus tracked postage,…

NOTEBOOK: a new book by me

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Thanks again for your support on 21st-Century Yokel. I wanted to let you know about my next book, NOTEBOOK, which has gone up for funding. I'd be delighted if you could help make it a reality. You can read a little bit more about it here:

There are also lots of stationery-related pledge reward goodies available.

(Apologies if you already got this update…

Ring The Hill, the follow up to 21st-Century Yokel, is now complete!

Sunday, 9 June 2019


 Hi everyone!

I thought you might like to know that I am delivering my final edit of Ring The Hill, my non-fiction follow up to 21st-Century Yokel, tomorrow morning, and wondered if you would like to see one of my mum's linoprints for the book (she has done thirteen in total, and the attached is possibly my favourite).

Also, in case you didn't know, for anyone who might be still thinking…

Ring The Hill: the cover

Monday, 1 April 2019

I'm absolutely delighted to be able to reveal Clare Melinsky's amazing front cover for Ring The Hill. Clare came up with a wonderful cover for 21st-Century Yokel but I think she has outdone herself here. If you'd like to find out more about the book - which is a sister book to Yokel, although not exactly a sequel - or pledge for a special edition, you can do so here:…

Some background about the artwork in 21st-Century Yokel and Help The Witch

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Hello! I thought those who'd helped fund 21st-Century Yokel and Help The Witch (big thank you to all of you again!) might be interested to read this piece I just wrote, which gives some background to the art my mum provided for the books: I'm also giving away a few of her prints to new subscribers to my site via paypal or Gocardless. The subscription links…

Ring The Hill

Monday, 26 November 2018

Hi again! A couple of people who pledged early on Ring The Hill mentioned there was no link to signed copies. Just to let everyone know: they are very much available, and this link should work: There is also the option to upgrade if you pledged for a non-signed one. Look out for a few new pledge rewards on the page in the coming days. HUGE THANKS to everyone…


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Hello. Thank you so much again for pledging for 21st Century Yokel. I wanted to let you know that my new book, Ring The Hill, is now up for funding: It's another "nature and beyond" non-fiction book, and I hope people who enjoyed 21st Century Yokel will enjoy it in a not dissimilar way. All the best! Tom

21st Century Yokel Walking Diary 2: Finding The Source Of The River Dart

Sunday, 24 September 2017

21st Century Yokel Walking Diary 1: Haldon Hill

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Q&A Between Readers, Me And My Local Squirrel

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Louise King (Facebook): Has the process of writing this new book altered how you experience walking through the countryside?

Tom: It has, especially if I define “writing this new book” as beginning in 2008, when I started to walk a lot in Norfolk, where I was living at the time. I am quite leggy and have always been a fast walker but in recent years have learned to be better at listening…

Some Thoughts About The Writing Of 21st Century Yokel

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Now I've completed 21st Century Yokel, I've written a piece about some of the creative decisions I made during its creation, and why I chose to publish with Unbound. You can read the full piece by following this link, but here is an excerpt...

As I began to write 21st Century Yokel, I could see other potential commercial decisions ahead of me that had nothing to do with whether or not the book…

Publication date: November 2017
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