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Toby Wallis

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I am 35 and live in Suffolk, England with my wife and our cat. I have been writing seriously since I graduated in 2000 (and less seriously since I was about 7).

I started my book, Middling, in 2008, finished the first draft in 2010 and am currently in the process of polishing it up to start submitting to agencies, as well as to upload onto the Kindle store.

Middling is the story of a man struggling to come to terms with his own death. The afterlife turns out to be a bit of a disappointment, there is no moment of realisation, no big revelation of what it was all about. Instead he finds himself in a seaside town during the winter, embroiled in a frustrating comedy of errors and more lost than ever.

favourite books

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

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http://www.tobywallis.net     http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toby-Wallis/e/B005VTTHEK/r

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Middling

Toby Wallis

An existential, postmortem seaside adventure.


When Peter unexpectedly and inexplicably dies on his way to work one morning he, understandably, thinks things can't get much worse. He is wrong.

He arrives by train in the sleepy seaside town of Middling-on-Sea and before he knows what is going on he has become caught up in a cryptic prophecy, told he has to figure out why bad things happen to good people and a shadowy villain is posting fairy stories under his hotel room door. He gets invited to join a think-tank of professors who all seem to hate each other, meets an elderly shut-in who believes Middling is on the brink of a catastrophic civil war and, somehow, manages to get caught up in an underground gambling den.

Peter, however, isn't interested in any of it; he just wants to find his way back home again.

Middling is a surreal novel about one mans attempt to make sense out of his senseless afterlife.

 

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I wrote 712 days ago

Excellent stuff. Your opening chapters get the story moving nice and quickly and your style of writing is very easy on the eye. You manage to get a lot of character out of relatively few words, which is a real skill and these characters appear fully formed and believable. Mr Unusually's weary tone i... view book

I wrote 740 days ago

A BHCG review This is my first review as part of the brutally honest crit group and I find I don't need to be particularly brutal at all. This is a very polished work. I would agree that this is for more than just young adult readers, and your writing style is clean and simple enough to work acr... view book

I wrote 756 days ago

Have uploaded revised versions of these chapters. Thanks for all the helpful comments. view book

I wrote 777 days ago

When I started reading this I was intending to read three chapters, but ended up reading seven. While this is not the type of thing I would usually read at all I became engrossed. It is pacy without feeling rushed. The opening chapter was a really nice anecdote that reveals Willsin's character. B... view book

I wrote 777 days ago

When I started reading this I was intending to read three chapters, but ended up reading seven. While this is not the type of thing I would usually read at all I became engrossed. It is pacy without feeling rushed. The opening chapter was a really nice anecdote that reveals Willsin's character. B... view book

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