Scrimstone [PRE-ORDER]

Scrimstone [PRE-ORDER]

£5.00 GBP




"LISTEN TO ME. I wasn’t born for birthday parties and clean handkerchiefs or scented candles in the bath. I didn’t come here for your mother’s approval at the dinner table, for string quartets on the lawn or a pat on the back and a cigar from your dear old dad.

No. I was born for blood and feathers on the roadside, for sea shanties that end in knife-fights and the smell of kerosene, a woman’s hot breath by the harbour walls at dawn. I was made for bear claws on wet bark, for dustbin-fires in the wasteland where desperate men in greasy overcoats swig vodka in the sparse snow and a cold so tight and empty you can barely see a flame in it."


So begins SCRIMSTONE, the tale of a pickpocket, murderer, circus ringmaster and priest from Tom Hirons, author of Sometimes a Wild God and Nettle-Eater.

NOTE: Tom will be reading from SCRIMSTONE on Zoom on Sunday 29th May at 8pm BST - it's a free event with no need to register. Here's the link. There may also be poetry.

Available for pre-order now, with books expected to be with us in June.

"LISTEN TO ME. I wasn’t born for birthday parties and clean handkerchiefs or scented candles in the bath. I didn’t come here for your mother’s approval at the dinner table, for string quartets on the lawn or a pat on the back and a cigar from your dear old dad.

No. I was born for blood and feathers on the roadside, for sea shanties that end in knife-fights and the smell of kerosene, a woman’s hot breath by the harbour walls at dawn. I was made for bear claws on wet bark, for dustbin-fires in the wasteland where desperate men in greasy overcoats swig vodka in the sparse snow and a cold so tight and empty you can barely see a flame in it."


So begins SCRIMSTONE, the tale of a pickpocket, murderer, circus ringmaster and priest from Tom Hirons, author of Sometimes a Wild God and Nettle-Eater.

NOTE: Tom will be reading from SCRIMSTONE on Zoom on Sunday 29th May at 8pm BST - it's a free event with no need to register. Here's the link. There may also be poetry.

Available for pre-order now, with books expected to be with us in June.

SCRIMSTONE first appeared in a very different form in the Lazy Gramophone Press project TIME. This new version is significantly expanded in both form and concept.

With three illustrations from Rima Staines, this first edition is litho-printed in beautiful quality on 100% recycled paper in England, by Calverts workers' co-op.

The book is A6 size (4.2″x5.9″) and has 76 inner pages. Perfectbound. This is the first edition.

Please note - the final layout may differ marginally once printing is underway.

ISBN: 978-1-915334-01-5