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‘Subtly and deftly, Thompson succeeds in capturing the experience of city life … Thompson can make a sentence sing in a way that is uniquely his own … Turning the pages of COMMUNION TOWN you become aware that here is a new writer working out what he can do, and realising that he can do anything’ Telegraph
‘Ambitious, haunting and beautifully written … Thompson succeeds in making the familiar seem strange and wonderful’ Daily Mail
‘A book packed with powerful, memorable writing … Thompson’s engrossing, memorable debut is worthy of close, appreciative reading not just from Man Booker judges, but everyone’ Sunday Times
‘Thompson's ten interlinked tales, longlisted for the Man Booker this week, deconstruct genre and myth while remaining original and superbly unsettling’ Guardian
‘His writing is highly wrought and beautiful, with that sense of leisure and perfectionism one often finds hanging around the dreaming spires – he’s incredibly intelligent and assumes you are too. As the ten stories unfold you’re left with a vivid picture of an imaginary city with its own character’ The Times
‘This impressive debut captures a city’s shifting personality through ten stories. With unanswered questions and Gothic tinges, its kaleidoscopic approach blends into one bewitching picture’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Subtly linked tales … details are joyous’ Independent on Sunday
‘Wonderfully atmospheric and full of a subtle gothic horror that eats away like dry rot at the timbers of this city, Sam Thompson’s accomplished debut weaves many voice into a beguiling urban chorus’ TLS
‘The 19th century motif of the flaneur – basically a figure who experiences a city through the act of walking – is revived to creepily dreamy effect’ Metro
‘Dreamlike, gnarly and present, COMMUNION TOWN shifts like a city walker, from street to street’ China Miéville
‘COMMUNION TOWN is one of those rare creatures – a first novel that combines ambition with humanity. It is a strange, remarkable work’ Tash Aw
Sam Thompson was born in 1978. He read English at Trinity College, Dublin, and is now a tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford. He also writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the Guardian. He lives in Oxford with his wife and son.
This author can obviously write and create a sense of place, but he deliberately sets out to confuse the reader with strange twists and inexplicable asides that do nothing but make... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Callum
First published back in July of 2012, British author Sam Thompson's debut novel 'Communion Town' received much attention upon its release, having been longlisted for the 2012 Man... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2013 by Chris Hall
Sam Thompson's book at times reads like an exercise in style in which ten short stories are shoe-horned into fitting into a greater puzzle which is the 'City in Ten Chapters', that... Read morePublished on 28 May 2013 by M. O. HAYNES
This is a novel told as a succession of short stories, linked by the City, the 'Flaneur' and glimpses of characters from other stories in the book. Read morePublished on 8 May 2013 by Penny Waugh
With an accolade from China Mieville I was expecting great things from this book, and sadly I was a bit disappointed. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by Cat R
I really liked the way this book is written. In some ways it is more like a collection of short stories than a novel as each chapter sees "communion town" from a different... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2013 by jonim