The Fountain in the Forest

Tony White

Distant revolutions echo through time in this Oulipo-inspired novel about the moment when Thatcher’s militia fatally wounded the British political counter-culture.

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When a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden theatre, Detective Sergeant Rex King becomes obsessed with the case. But as Rex explores the crime scene further, he finds himself confronting his own secret history instead.

Moving from Holborn Police Station, to an abandoned village in rural, 1980s France, and the Battle of the Beanfield at Stonehenge, The Fountain in the Forest is both a thrilling crime mystery and a dizzyingly unique novel of unparalleled ambition.

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Rich and riveting.

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Fascinating, beautifully written and really original.

Literary Review
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White joins a handful of contemporary writers who are proving that the novel has never been more alive. He is a serious, engaging voice of the modern city.

Michael Moorcock, Guardian
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Fantastic . . . A cross between Derek Raymond and Raymond Queneau.

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A gripping police procedural . . . Sets the author and his readers a bracingly high bar.

Times Literary Supplement
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White is always convivial company . . . a restless, endlessly curious, somewhat centrifugal writer. His books are characterised by stylistic innovation, a feeling for place, a love of rogues and rebels. The Fountain in the Forest is no different. It’s also the opening salvo in a trilogy. I’m already awaiting the next.

Guardian Crime Fiction of the Day

Tony White is the author of five novels including Foxy-T and Shackleton’s Man Goes South, as well as numerous short stories published in journals, exhibition catalogues, and anthologies. White was creative entrepreneur in residence in the French department of King’s College London, and has been writer in residence at London’s Science Museum and the UCL School of Slavonic and East…

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