The Glue Ponys / Chris Wilson
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About the book…
Prepare for intense tales of the stranded, the struggling, the savage – but above all, the unspoken for. Unapologetic, this collection concerns drugs, down-and-outs, and the darkest corners of US society – subjects often overlooked, forgotten, or hastily silenced. Well, not here. Like addiction itself, the prose is devastatingly to the point, in your face, immediate.
Written by a survivor of prison cells and substance abuse, compared to Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side, long-listed for both the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize… This is sharp, shocking stuff that does what literature does best: it lifts the lid, it gives a voice, and it lingers long after the last word. A unique experience.
“Thirty-one short, striking pieces…
The Glue Ponys is like looking into the eye of stranded souls.”
Times Literary Supplement
Paperback; 148 pages; Demy format, 135mm wide x 216mm tall; matt laminate colour card covers; acid-free text paper; printed and bound in England; published with the assistance of Arts Council England.
About the author…
Chris Wilson was born in 1961 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in Dar es Salaam, East Africa. He moved with his parents to California in 1971. After many years of living in the streets and prisons of the USA, he was extradited to the UK in 1998. Since becoming drug and crime free in 2001, he has studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he was awarded a First with Distinction. His paintings have been exhibited across the UK and are held in numerous private collections. He currently lives in London.
About the press…
Since 2006, Tangerine Press has been an independent, avant-garde publisher of new, neglected and innovative writing in hand-bound limited editions, in tandem with more readily available paperbacks. We know the founder Michael personally, and have always been awed not just by his immense passion for beautiful, crafted books, but also by his ability to unearth the kind of writing you simply won’t find anywhere else: the controversial, the cult, the cutting-edge. We’re not alone – media coverage of Tangerine includes the Times Literary Supplement, The Londonist, The Irish Times, BBC 6Music’s Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service and a special feature on Channel 4 News. Check out Tangerine’s website for other stunning works from the likes of James Kelman, Billy Childish, Ian Sinclair, Joan Jobe Smith, and Will Self.