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Playthings has been shortlisted for the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize - winner announced 25th April.

Excellent new review in the Times Literary Supplement: here

This is a useful review for those interested in the wider context of the book.

other reviews:

The Literary Review: simply a superb novel - link

The Guardian: This compelling take on a 19th-century German judge’s experience of psychosis is swollen with buried truths - link

The Lancet: Plan to read Playthings in one intense sitting - link

The Irish Times: there's a wonderful sensual quality to his writing - link

The New Scientist: It’s an experience that remains with you long after the last page has been turned - link

The New York Times: Marvellously surprising and vivid - link

Neil Griffiths: Writing of the highest order - link

Never Imitate: An incredible work of fiction - link

Lizzy Siddal - link


Upcoming readings:

Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 11th April

London, Greenwich Book Festival, 27th May

Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 19th August.




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Alex Pheby is a writer and academic.

He was born in Essex and lives in Greenwich with his wife and two children.

His first novel, Grace, was published in 2009. He received his doctorate in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia, and has masters degrees from Goldsmiths and Manchester Metropolitan University.

He is the co-founder and co-director of the annual Greenwich Book Festival, and is the programme leader of the University of Greenwich's creative writing programmes.

He is currently working on his next book for Galley Beggar Press on the life of James Joyce's daughter Lucia.