Author Profile: Tom Pollock

CPP - Tom Pollock (The authors site & blog)
Trope-forging urban fantasy author of the London-based adult / YA Skyscraper Throne trilogy


About (from Jo Fletcher Books / the author himself):

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 longtime fan of science fiction and fantasy, Tom Pollock 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.

Inventor of monsters, hugger of bears, shameless prevaricator (i.e. fiction writer) Tom may be spotted on a dancefloor above a blur that is believed to be his legs (although no evidence has been found to confirm this). He once unwittingly blinded a US Government satellite with the gleam from his head on a summer’s day, he’s still working his way out from under that one. Tom writes YA fantasy about strange creatures and unlikely friendships in the hidden corners of the city, he lives in London, and if you come grab him on Twitter he’d love to say hi.

Represented by Amy Boggs at the Donald Maass agency.



The City's Son Jun-13 The City’s Son 9781780870090 £7.99
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.
CBP - Glass Republic Jul-14 The Glass Republic 9781780870137 £8.99
Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror. Pen’s reflected twin is the only girl who really understands her.
Then Parva is abducted and Pen makes a terrible bargain for the means to track her down. In London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen’s scars make her a rare and valuable commodity. But some in the reflected city will do anything to keep Pen from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face. The Glass Republic is the gripping sequel to The City’s Son, and the second book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy.
CBP - JF - Our Lady of the Streets Jun-15 Our Lady of the Streets 9781780870175 £8.99
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Ever since Beth Bradley found her way into a hidden London, the presence of its ruthless goddess, Mater Viae, has lurked in the background. Now Mater Viae has returned with deadly consequences.
Streets are wracked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating pedestrians; and towers fall, their foundations decayed.
As the city sickens, so does Beth – her essence now part of this secret London. But when it is revealed that Mater Viae’s plans for dominion stretch far beyond the borders of the city, Beth must make a choice: flee, or sacrifice her city in order to save it.


Praise for The City’s Son:

‘An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling’ — Mike Carey

‘Bold, and weird, and quite, quite wonderful, The City’s Son is the very definition of urban fantasy. Just glorious’ — Adam Christopher

‘Brilliant, original, and poetic’ — Fantasy Book Critic

‘He nails that spot between utterly normal and blood-curdlingly weird perfectly’ — John Courtenay Grimwood

‘I’m in love with Tom Pollock’s imagination … If you enjoy escaping reality and riding through someone’s often bizarre imagination, then this is the read for you’ — Dog Ear Discs

‘It’s gritty, dynamic, and beautiful – I can’t wait for more’ — Tessa Gratton

‘Oozing with charisma, beautifully detailed’ — Fantasy Book Addict

‘Paints a wildly inventive portrait of a London that will fill you with fearsome delight … The writing is electrifying, the characters fascinating’ — Karen Mahoney

‘The imagination with which Pollock reinvigorates the city is astounding … A wonderfully confident debut that will have even the most critical fantasy fans clamouring for more’ — Fantasy Book Review

And the praise doesn’t end there – you can check similarly glowing reviews for The Glass Republic here and Our Lady of the Streets here. The trilogy was also released as an e-book collection in February 2015. (All links to Quercus Books.)


Vid Selection (more on YouTube)



Tom on Mental Health: Personal, general and entirely relevant and important