Sunday, 31 January 2010
All is quiet
I am an author and freelance writer.
My debut novel Care of Wooden Floors is out now in HarperPress hardback. Buy from Waterstones or Amazon, or support your local independent bookshop. Paperback out 30 August 2012. Canadian edition here. USA edition out 9 October 2012.
In non-fiction writing I specialise in architecture and design, and I'm a contributing editor for Icon magazine, where I was deputy editor until June 2012.
An index of my published journalism is here.
If you'd like to get in touch, email me.
Shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2012 in the "New Writer" category.
One of the Waterstones 11, the bookseller's pick of the best debut novels of 2012.
BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime".
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2012.
Shortlisted for the Anobii First Book Award 2012.
"Highly idiosyncratic, well-written, with a vivid sense of place – and weirdly compelling." - Michael Frayn
"Ye Gods - Care of Wooden Floors is a wonderful work. Precisely constructed, with an eye that sees in between the everyday spaces of our lives, it sheds new light, not only on ourselves, but on the contemporary novel itself." - Lee Rourke
“4/5 stars ... For the most part, Wiles's farcical plot (in its essence a staple since at least the days of silent comedy) is sharpened by his aphoristic asides. This is a smart and polished debut." - Brian Dillon, The Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2012
"Guffaw-out-loud moments are frequent, married to the horrified recognition that provokes empathy. ... Wiles is also excellent on social interaction ... this is a very funny novel provoking schadenfreude and belly laughs." - Leyla Sanai, The Independent, 23 February 2012
"Weirdly addictive, and rather clever, too." - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, 3 February 2012
"A minimalistic gem." - William Leith, Evening Standard, 21 September 2012
"Wiles has a knack for dry humour but it is with surreal slapstick that he really excels ... a well-written debut exploring Western society's obsession with obtaining the "right" objects, as though merely possessing them will lead to happiness. It certainly works on that level but is also successful as an absurdist tale of how one small mistake can result in pandemonium." - Shirley Whiteside, Herald Scotland, 26 February 2012
“... reads like “Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em” as if written by Kafka. This very funny novel has a fantastic twist and asks us to consider how important our environment is to life, love and creativity." - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller, 18 November 2011
"It’s hilarious, it’s cringe-worthy, it plays havoc with everyday situations we’ve all encountered, and it’s utterly, utterly brilliant." - Lisa Randall, We Love This Book
"The story twists through some brutal slapstick, then gets darker than matt-black leather." - Shortlist, February 2012