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Matthew De Abaitua

Matthew De Abaitua was born in Liverpool in 1971. After graduating from the University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA, he worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote Suffolk cottage. Then he fell into writing and editing for The Idler. He wrote and presented a low-budget documentary series about British science fiction for Channel 4 called SF:UK.

His second book was a non-fiction memoir and history, The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars, published in 2011 by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin. The Economist described it as one of the books of the year.  He is currently writing his next novel If Then set in a British market town of the near future and in the First World War. It features Dr Easy and a couple of minor characters from The Red Men.

For more information about The Red Men, click here.

You can also follow Matthew De Abaitua on Twitter @MDeAbaitua

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The Process, Or Failed Job Interviews of a Novelist

Need a Thursday afternoon break? Every wondered how writing a novel is like a job interview? We’ve got the answer. Gollancz is delighted to share with you a special blog post from Matthew de Abaitua the author of 

She asks me, “What is your process?”

“What do you mean?” I reply.

“What is your process?”

“It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m making a bacon sandwich, I use one type of process involving bacon and bread. If I’m writing a novel, I use … More

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Friday Reads: The Red Men

“I am not a copy. I am a story about myself told by an artificial intelligence…”

Recently our excellent editor Marcus Gipps acquired the ebook rights to this book. We published the ebook on the 13th of June to coincide with the short film by Shynola Films based on the first chapter. And this seemed a good opportunity to read a novel that I’d not read at the time, despite the fact that it had been shortlisted for the Clarke … More

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Dr. Easy and The Red Men

Last Friday, Film4 and Warp Films released DR. EASY, a short film directed by Shynola, online for free. Based on the first chapter of Matthew De Abaitua’s novel THE RED MEN, the film is, I think, worth ten minutes of your time. It stars Tom Hollander and the voice of Geraldine James, and looks great.

Dr. Easy from Shynola on Vimeo.


Shynola – best known for directing music videos for Radiohead, Blur and many more … More

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Introduction to The Red Men

Gollancz is delighted to be bringing THE RED MEN, the debut novel by Matthew De Abaitua, to ebook for the first time. Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award, and praised by the likes of Will Self, it’s a chilling depiction of our possible future. A short film based on the opening chapter, starring Tom Hollander, produced by WARP films and directed by Shynola, is released next week. DR EASY will be shown at the Edinburgh International … More

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Gollancz Acquires THE RED MEN

red menGollancz  are delighted to be publishing an updated edition of Matthew De Abaitua’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-shortlisted debut novel The Red Men in eBook for the first time. The release will coincide with Film4’s worldwide digital release of Dr Easy, a short film based on The Red Men’s opening chapter, starring Tom Hollander and the voice of Geraldine James.

Marcus Gipps, editor at Gollancz, has acquired the UK and Commonwealth (ex Can) digital e-book rights to Matthew De Abaitua’s cult novel The Red Men from Sarah Such of Sarah Such Literary Agency, who has also recently sold The Red Men feature film rights to Warp Films, producers of This is England, Four Lions, and The Stone Roses: Made of Stone amongst many others.

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