Sam Thompson


Communion Town

Longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize

‘Dazzling… What Communion Town renders with stunning and often heartbreaking lucidity is the complexity of consciousness itself… an elegant and hauntingly beautiful book’ – New York Times Book Review

Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters.

Communion Town is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged.

This is the story of a city.

‘Wonderfully atmospheric and full of a subtle gothic horror’ – Times Literary Supplement

‘Powerful, memorable writing’ – Sunday Times

‘Ambitious, haunting and beautifully written’ – Daily Mail

‘Thompson can make a sentence sing in a way that is uniquely his own’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A talent to watch’ – Financial Times

‘Sam Thompson’s city is made of stories, curling recursively around a sense of loss, a haunting, a mysterious gap in his characters’ sense of themselves. Dissociated and puzzled, they find themselves nevertheless – and often each other too. Thompson’s other talent is to be able to construct our world out of what appears to be a repeating nightmare and, against the odds, find something good in it. Communion Town sucks the reader in. It is a disconcerting but compelling location for genuinely human truths’ – M. John Harrison

Here’s an in-depth review of Communion Town for Strange Horizons by Nina Allan.

Communion Town

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’.