Latest updates


Monday, 19 December 2022

Hi! I just wanted to quickly let you know about my new Substack newsletter, which is just about to launch, and will be going out on an approximately monthly basis from this week onwards. It will be a mixture of new writing, book and music and film recommendations, the occasional interview, and will also incorporate my brand new podcast. It's free, with an optional subscription charge, just like my…

Villager/my 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: the artwork!

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Dear lovely Help The Witch supporter,

Apologies if you've seen this as an update via the funding page for one of my other previous books but I wanted to give you a little preview of some of the art for my upcoming debut novel, Villager: Joe McLaren (who you might know as the man behind the cover of Help The Witch) has come up with a wonderful cover, and my mum Jo has been hard at work on some linoprints…

My First Novel (finally)

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Dear lovely supporter of Help The Witch,

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, lost…

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 Help The Witch 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 20th…

Help The Witch: the concept LP

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Dear Help The Witch supporters,

Some of you might already know about the very exciting HELP THE WITCH concept LP. Ten of my favourite songwriters and duos have each written a song based on a story from the book, and the result will be released on gatefold vinyl, featuring Joe McLaren's original cover art, next summer. I have now heard the finished, mastered record and it is AMAZING. I honestly…

Help The Witch: The Concept LP!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Dear lovely Help The Witch pledgers,

I have some exciting news, which I have been dying to tell everyone about for a while: over the last few months, some of my favourite British musicians have gathered to each record a song inspired by one of the stories from Help The Witch. The overall result, Help The Witch: The Concept album, is now recorded, and currently being mastered, ready to be released…

NOTEBOOK: a new book by me

Thursday, 15 August 2019


Thanks again for your support on Help The Witch. 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.



Ring The Hill: the cover!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Hello! Apologies for repetition if you have already received news of this from one of the other pledge pages but I wanted to show Help The Witch supporters the cover for my new book, Ring The Hill, which is an image by the very talented Clare Melinsky. What I asked was "Please can you make it very very psychedelic, and have some hares on it?" and I think Clare has more than fulfilled that brief. The…

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…

A True Story About Two Trees, And The Book They Made

Monday, 3 December 2018

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 Help The Witch. I wanted to let you know that my new book, Ring The Hill, is now up for funding: If you like nature, or folklore, or social history, or the power of landscape, I think you might enjoy it. All the best! Tom

Publication date: Autumn 2018
303% funded
1342 backers