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Mike Stocks is the founder and editor of Anon, the anonymous submissions poetry magazine. His debut literary novel, White Man Falling, won the Goss first Novel Award in 2006. His translations of Roman poet Belli will be published by Oneworld Classics in Spring 2007.
"White Man Falling is that rare and wondrous thing - a perfectly realized serious comic novel. That it is also a first novel makes it all the more extraordinary." - Sarah Dunant "It is the precision and originality of Mike Stocks's prose that makes this tragicomedy of Indian manners hard to put down and a joy to pick up." - Mark Amory, The Spectator "A warm-hearted comedy . . . Stocks's poetic background . . . manifests itself in beautiful turns of phrase . . . and in the interweaving of Indian English throughout the text. There is a vogue in contemporary fiction for leaping between characters and timeframes like a flea seeking a tasty host. White Man Falling is a reminder that a single location and perspective, and linear chronology, can be deeply satisfying." - The Times "The writing is witty and engaging . . . an entertaining read, with all the ingredients of a comedy of errors - confusion, deluded matchmaking, mystical absurdity. There are underlying metaphors, but the book is essentially a satire of the search for meaning in the meaningless." - The New Statesman "A witty and occasionally lyrical novel." - The Melbourne Age "A rare gem of a comic first novel . . . Mike Stocks's White Man Falling' set in fast-changing contemporary India' delivers an acute' affectionately observed satire on modern family life' police corruption and the power of religion." - The Independent