Sam Thompson


'Startlingly original'

Piers Torday

'Endlessly thought-provoking'


'A unique voice'

Jeremy Dyson

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson is the author of the novels Communion Town and Jott, the children’s novels Wolfstongue and The Fox’s Tower, and the story collection Whirlwind Romance.

Recent Books

Communion Town was longlisted for the 2012 Booker Prize. It’s a slipstream novel-in-linked-short-stories about a kaleidoscopic city where genre and reality keep shifting. The New York Times Book Review saw it as a book about ‘the complexity of consciousness itself’.
Jott is a novel set in and around a psychiatric hospital in the 1930s. It’s about the friendship between a young doctor and a modernist writer, and about how we define sanity and madness. The Guardian called it ‘endlessly thought-provoking’, and it was shortlisted for the 2019 Encore Prize.
Wolfstongue and The Fox’s Tower are novels for young readers. Wolfstongue is about a boy with speech difficulties who encounters the talking beasts of folklore. The New Statesman said: ‘gripping and profound, Wolfstongue may be for children but it is about being human’.
Whirlwind Romance, a collection of weird stories, was described by the Dublin Review of Books as ‘blazingly unique and shot through with illuminating shards of insight’. It was longlisted for the 2023 Edge Hill Prize.
The Fox’s Tower returns to Wolfstongue’s world of talking animals. When her dad is kidnapped by foxes, Willow travels into the Forest to get him back from the animal civilization that Reynard has created. Piers Torday called the book ‘startlingly original’.
My short stories have appeared in anthologies including Out of the Darkness (Unsung Stories), The Black Dreams (Blackstaff Press), Best British Short Stories (Salt Publishing) and Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press).