Dr Michael H.J. Tizard never quite got what he wanted from life, suffering quietly as his mentor took the professional plaudits and romantic affections that were rightly his. Growing old, with one eye firmly on the clock, he finally gets to leave his macabre legacy as editor of The Skrat Prize Memorial Anthology. Combining extracts from five novels that have fallen under his control, Tizard sets to work bending their diverse voices to his own motive.
The Skrat Prize Memorial Anthology was chosen as the winner of the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel over many other worthy candidates for the exceptional craft and originality with which it is written as well as for its deep sympathy for the human condition, both qualities epitomized by Kenneth Patchen himself.
Novelist Dominic Ward said the following in his encomium: “The words – and then sentences, paragraphs and chapters – flowed buoyantly on the ebb of their own rhythm; it is such a rare treat to have a work that sings itself to you. I did not so much read it as move with it and that is a very fine thing. Please know that you have, with this work, a much deserved winner, a book that can and will carry Patchen’s name on its cover earnestly, respectfully and forevermore.”
About the Author
R.M. Strauss studied English at Oxford, graduating in 2010, then politics at the LSE. He trained as a lawyer and currently works for the UK government. He lives in south east London with his wife. The Skrat Prize Memorial Anthology is his first novel.