Summer offer, PLUS Tom Quays at war

Monday, 24 July 2017


It's *peers cautiously out of writer's bunker* summer outside, apparently, so I'm launching a Super Soaraway Summer Special Offer. If you've already pledged to 'Quays' but would still like to help us reach our ever-closer funding target, then (a) THANKS! and (b) talk a friend into pledging for one of the £100+ rewards, and I'll double up on the reward!

Whether it's an original cartoon…

QUAYS: Dorothy, Damon, Manhattan and The Metropolitan

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Hello! I want to share some more of Quays with you. Part of what I'm trying to do in the novel is bring a long-gone Manhattan back to life - and that means not just the Singer building and the Third Avenue el and all the rest of it, but the people, too. So Dorothy Parker shows up. Here she is having a moment with Tom Quays on the corner of Depeyster and Pearl.

Is it just because she’s a writer…

Nearly halfway! ALSO: a bit about birdsong.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello, friends! To celebrate our funding percentage rocketing into the 40s (WOOHOO, and THANKS!), I made a new video. Just me, talking and that.   

QUAYS: What's In It For You? (Pt. 1)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

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Hello all, and welcome to an occasional series in which I talk about the GLITTERING REWARDS I'm offering in exchange for a wedge of sponsorship. This one's aimed at writers, and at people who think they might be writers but aren't sure, and at people who would quite like to be writers, and at people who like to buy lovely presents for all or any of the above.

A pledge to Quays of £150 will buy…

Unfortunately: Rejection Slips, 1997-2016

Friday, 12 August 2016

"Why the hell does everyone want to succeed? I'd like to meet somebody who wanted to fail. That's the only sublime thing."

- John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer (1925)

"Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story."

- F Scott Fitzgerald

Hello, all! A new video: either a meditative work of art or a cry for help. I thought it might be fun on a sunny Friday afternoon to…

The Five Greatest Novels Of The Jazz Age

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

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Quays - as I might have mentioned - is a novel of the Jazz Age. It's also a novel about books, and without the writers of the 1920s - without Dos Passos and Runyon, Scott Fitzgerald and Parker, Lardner and Lewis - it probably wouldn't exist. So here's a little list: the five best novels of the American 'twenties. And if any of you Bright Young Things fancy picking a fight in the comments section,…

Quays: The Fight

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

"You're making a goddamn fool of yourself. You look like you've never hit a guy before."

"No-one ever fucked my cousin before."

"Is that a fact?"

Writers Tom Quays and Colman Smith come to blows outside a Manhattan nightclub in this booze-soaked, blood-stained episode from Quays - which, in case you didn't know, is open for sponsors now. Head to the Quays homepage to back the book…

Crosswords and Quays

Sunday, 24 July 2016

The crossword – like the bootlegger, the flapper and the skyscraper – was a creature of the Jazz Age.

True, it’s not easy to imagine Isadora Duncan or Bix Beiderbecke giving the nightclub a miss to stop at home and chew their pencil-end over a particularly tricky 8 Down, but it was, nevertheless, in 1920s New York City that the crossword came of age. In 1924, The Cross Word Puzzle Book was published…

Quays 1: hello, thank-you, and getting spifflicated

Monday, 18 July 2016

We hit 10% today, so to celebrate, here's a video!   

Up and running!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

In the F Scott Fitzgerald story 'May Day' (1920), two drunk revellers in an elevator - 'Mr In' and 'Mr Out' - tell the operator that they want to go to 'the top floor'. When told that they are already there, they demand to go even further upwards: 'Have another floor put on!'; 'Higher!'; 'Heaven!'

Thanks to you, my excellent backers, we're on our way up, too. Exciting, isn't it? Thank you so much…

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