If not, this is where you do, and afterwards are properly grateful to me for the introduction, I'm quite sure.
I first 'met' Tom on Authonomy where he, like me, was slogging it out in the long battle which was supposed to lead to a publishing deal with Harper Collins. Of all the thousands (yes, literally) of books of which I read the first part on that site, Tom's Beyond Nostalgia stood out among a tiny handful of books which were ones any publisher with any sense should have grabbed. (And he was kind enough to say something similar about my own Belfast Girls.)
It's no surprise that so many have wanted to read this book.
|The Last American Martyr|
The main character, another Tom, has won a Nobel prize for his first and only book, which exposes the corruption and greed of the world's economy, and moves millions all over the world to rise up in protest to bring about change. But this has put Tom in fear of his life, so that he has been forced to hide out, after some horrific experiences, from his enemies in Big Business.
The brutal truth, the up close reality, of Tom Winton's writing on this very important subject, should make his book as equally influential and successful worldwide as that of his character, if there's any justice. One thinks of books like Salinger's Catcher in the Rye or Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and it's instinctive to place The Last American Martyr beside them, as one which will impact a generation.
This may seem an extreme thing to say. But to me, Tom Winton stands out as a writer to be remembered.
Already I'm looking eagerly to see what this amazing man will have for us next.
You can buy Tom's books on Amazon as either paperback or Kindle, on either the USA or the UK sites.