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Crushed Mexican Spiders

‘Small-minded readers might object that this is not a novel but two exquisitely packaged short stories. But the stories themselves – sardonic and beautifully chiselled – radiate wonderfully.’

John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus
of Modern English Literature at UCL
Chair, 2012 Judging Panel


The book has two front covers: read one way you’re in south London at night; turn it over and you’re being burned by the harsh glare of Mediterranean sunlight. In ‘Crushed Mexican Spiders’, a woman returns home to discover the key to her Brixton flat no longer works. ‘Possibly Forty Ships’ couldn’t be further from the grime of South London. It begins with an elderly eyewitness being tortured to reveal the true story of the Trojan War.

About Tibor Fischer:

Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959 to Hungarian parents.He grew up in south London before going to Cambridge University to study Latin and French. He has worked as a journalist and was selected as one of the Twenty Best of Young British Novelists by Granta magazine in 1993. His first novel was rejected by fifty-seven publishers before going on to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Brixton and Budapest and teaches creative writing.