Toby Ferris

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Toby Ferris is responsible for ANATOMY OF NORBITON, a web-based series of essays on suburban life and universal failure, as seen through the lens of the art of the Renaissance. He lives and works in Cambridge. 

His first book, SHORT LIFE IN A STRANGE WORLD: BIRTH TO DEATH IN 42 PANELS, will be published in early 2020 by 4th Estate and HarperCollins USA.

Praise for SHORT LIFE IN A STRANGE WORLD: BIRTH TO DEATH IN 42 PANELS (2020):

'Short Life In A Strange World is a remarkable book of many aspects; a biography of Pieter Bruegel, a son's moving memoir of his father, a dazzling work of art criticism and close-looking, an off-kilter travelogue, an autobiography made of oblique glimpses and reflections... Reading it, I was reminded a little of Sebald, a little of Teju Cole, a little of Geoff Dyer - but mostly I knew I had met a book that kept its own rules and knew its own voice, independent of others. I have been following Toby Ferris's writing for years now; hoping for years, too, that he would write a full-length book. He has, and it as at least as good as I could have wished for. Oddly beautiful and beautifully odd, it will draw many readers into its strange world, and the short lives that it contains.' Robert Macfarlane

'From the minute Toby Ferris told me about this book I was fascinated. His writing is beautiful, thought-provoking & absolutely original, and the project of gathering and interrogating all extant Breugels is absolutely suited to his roving, probing intelligence.' Olivia Laing

Praise for ANATOMY OF NORBITON:

'A dazzlingly strange thought-experiment in virtual topography, counterfactual space, town-planning and tapirs...' Robert Macfarlane

'...hypnotic and astonishing and just a real delight.' M. John Harrison

'...a thing of strange and terrible beauty.' Frank Key

'...an extraordinary project, unlike anything else on the web.' Joanna Walsh