Sunday, 8 June 2014

Tiger a roaring success with reviewers

It's not been out a week yet and THE LAST TIGER is already proving itself a roaring success with the critics. Yes, I thought of that all by myself, thank-you ...

Particularly gratified to have the praise of a Whitbread-winning novelist in there - if you haven't read Paul Sayer's The Comforts of Madness, I can't recommend it highly enough; if you're a crime fan, try The God Child, equally brilliant.

And the young and shockingly gifted Barry Graham likes Tiger too, a huge vote of confidence as he has shaped up to be one of my all-time fav writers in the last few years. The Book of Man is a masterpiece, try it. And read Barry's full review at his blog.

I could go on, but don't want to embarrass the likes of Emlyn Rees, Nick Barlay and Michael Malone with my slobbering praise. Great writers to a man and I am still in shock to have their support.

Here's their verdict on THE LAST TIGER:

"A rare and heartfelt fable of an immigrant boy torn between his fears for an endangered species and the father who's employed to kill off what remains of that breed."
- Paul Sayer, Whitbread-winning author

"The Last Tiger is Tony Black's most brilliant and resonant novel so far."
-Barry Graham, Winner of the American Library Association book of the year

'Unexpected, moving and magical. A new direction for Tony Black, and a bold one too.'
-Emlyn Rees, International bestseller

"It's great, a real departure from the dark arts of crime fiction but a successful one as it creates a genuinely engaging picture of strangers in a strange land, as well as carving a haunting space between historical reality and timeless fable."
-Nick Barlay, Granta 'Best of Young British Novelists'

"In this, his next book, Tony Black demonstrates what a talented and versatile writer he is. We're in Tasmania with a family of immigrants and the father is paid to hunt the very last Tasmanian tiger - and his son is horrified. His prose is at times spare and at times poetic as Tony delivers up a fascinating and moving novel about family ties and the truths we don't want to face."
-Michael Malone, author of The Guillotine Choice

:: THE LAST TIGER is available now from Cargo publishing. For review copies or press enquiries get in touch via their website or drop me a line via