Ordering How To Build A City


Just a quick note to say – if you haven’t already got a copy of my debut book, How To Build A City, please do consider ordering one! Not only will it make me very happy indeed, it will also contribute to Salt Publishing’s campaign to get themselves out of the red.

It’s a beautifully produced hardback with a cool cover that will look smart on your bookshelf. You can order it through your local bookshop or on Amazon. However the best way to get it is probably by ordering online from Salt. I understand they’re currently sold out, but presumably another print run is on the way very soon.

If you would like a signed copy, please drop me a line (and a cheque) and I will send you one by first class post for £12.99. It’s a bit cheaper on Salt’s website, but then you don’t get that authorial touch!


And here’s a sample, excerpted from ‘Seven Varieties of Knot’:

First, open up the ends, revealing
each strand. A confluence of paving ;
steps, a wall, then a garden. Rampant
squash overrun the vegetable plot.
Beetroot, cabbage, deadly nightshade.
Charmaine protects the tubers ; she
weaves them six feet deep. A field splits.
Vaults, once overcrowded, house
shears, mower and gardening gloves.
Lean a headstone by the wall, just there.
      [The shroud knot]


  1. Any plans to sell in the United States? There are companies that can handle order fulfillment for you here. Google the terms order fulfillment for independent publishers.

  2. the hermit says:

    Hi Tom,
    Wordpress put a tantalising link to your site in mine.
    So I’m here.
    Like your poems.
    I mean, not ‘I’m here as your poems are’, but ‘I like your poems.’ Sorry. I’ll go now.
    Pop round to my gaff anytime.

  3. Tom says:

    Thanks – and long live the ascetic!

  4. Rehan Qayoom says:

    A brilliant book. I’m reading it now.

  5. Tom says:

    Cheers Rehan, glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

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