Tim Lott was born in 1956 in Southall, west London, the son of a Notting Hill greengrocer. In 1976, he took a job on the pop magazine Sounds, and in 1980, he set up the first glossy colour pop magazine, Flexipop! He left the venture in 1983 to attend the London School of Economics and after graduating accepted the editorship of the listings magazine City Limits. He resigned after only two weeks, and a period of acute depressive illness followed, during which his parents nursed him back to health. Shortly afterwards his mother, Jean, committed suicide. The Scent of Dried Roses grew from an Esquire article on Jean's depression and suicide, and its publication in 1996 met with universal acclaim.
Lott's novels include White City Blue, winner of the 1999 Whitbread First Novel award; Rumours of a Hurricane (2002); The Love Secrets of Don Juan (2003); The Seymour Tapes (2005) and, Fearless (2007), a children's book.
This is a book that brought back so many memories for me.I lived just around the corner from Tim, in Ascot gardens. Of course it is much more than a memory lane jolt for me. Read morePublished 27 days ago by K. Ashley
I am a fan of Tim Lott, and here he writes something genuine – and genuinely moving. Perhaps he lingers on the period detail a little too lovingly, but the steady unpicking of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ignorant Bystander
The Scent Of Dried Roses is ostensibly about the suicide of the author's mother. Scratch away at the surface a little and it's a portrait of an English middle-class, rocked by the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dan Smith
I picked this book feeling it will offer me a touching suicidal story, but it was so slow and missing real objectives of any plot if there was one. Read morePublished on 22 May 2012 by QALAM
This book fascinated me for several reasons. It was a trip down memory lane, being based in the Southall and Hayes area of Middlesex in the 1950's and 1960's,when and where I... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2011 by choir girl
I realy enjoyed reading this book, it is well written, and I could identify with all Tim Lott wrote about as I live in Southall so know it well. M FordPublished on 13 Aug. 2011 by Mrs. M. C. Ford