Tom Bullough is the author of four novels: A and The Claude Glass (both published by Sort Of Books), and, most recently, Konstantin (Penguin) and Addlands (Granta).
He was born in 1975 and spent most of his childhood on a hill farm in Radnorshire, which looked a lot like Penllan in The Claude Glass and was the source of his enthusiasm for Wales, hills, castles, birds of prey and How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban. As a student, he spent three years at Royal Holloway College, University of London. His first novel A is in its debt.
For the past five years he has lived in Breconshire: “Firstly, in a remote, inconvenient and entirely beautiful house above the Elan Valley reservoirs in the Cambrian Mountains, where you could see 30 miles from the kitchen window and, in the absence of electricity, I was obliged to run my laptop off tractor batteries and a horrific old generator which preferred not to work in cold weather, which was much of the time. As I have since discovered, the house is well-known in certain circles as the site of an alien abduction in 1909. These days I live in the Brecon Beacons with my wife Charlie and our small and vocal son Edwyn. Views of the Epynt, Pen-y-Fan and the Black Mountains do wonders for thinking clearly.”
Tom discusses his novels and influences on his own website.