Welcome to Tiger of the Stripe
Tiger of the Stripe is a small, independent book publisher based in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames in southwest London. Richmond is an attractive and historically-interesting town. It was known as Sheen (Scēon in Old English) until Henry VII built a new palace here in about 1500 and renamed the town after Richmond in Yorkshire. In turn, it gave its name to Richmond, Virginia. We are fortunate to have both Richmond Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, on our doorstep, and Hampton Court is also close. We are less fortunate to be near to Heathrow Airport.
Tiger of the Stripe is not a subsidy or vanity publisher. That is to say that we pay authors, not the other way around!
Tiger of the Stripe was founded in 2003 by Peter Danckwerts who studied Book Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1974 to 1977 and subsequently worked as a designer, editor and production manager in a wide range of publishing companies. He later studied Bibliography & Textual Criticism at Leeds, Mathematics with the Open University and Medieval Studies at Birkbeck. These studes and other interests have resulted in a rather eclectic list of publications, but we're always interested in hearing from people in other fields.
Buying from Amazon
We love traditional bookshops and we hope that as many people as possible will buy our books through them. However, the plain fact is that we sell more through Amazon than we do through bookshops, our profits are larger on copies through Amazon and, quite frankly, we wouldn't survive without Amazon sales. With this in mind, we have set up a shop page here. Currently, there are pages for the UK, US, Canada, France, and Germany. We also have an Italian page, but, for technical reasons, it doesn't have a shopping basket. We hope to add Spain and Japan, possibly even China.
or the Loathsome History of a Malcontent
Julia Lacey Brooke
A swooping, evocative tale spanning nearly fifty years, The Mischief-Maker is a story of ambition, hubris and retribution. From the sixties to the present, from England and Ireland to Italy and the United States, we follow the lives of a diverse group of people whose fates are inextricably caught up, whether they know it or not. No-one – not the government minister, the cabaret artist, the television personality, the forgotten pop star or the academic’s widow – is immune from a certain malign influence. Secrets long hidden come back to destroy them. Someone who remembers all too well has known them all.
The Mischief-Maker is a subtle, noirish tragicomedy, one which sweeps the reader along and creates an intense interest in what happens next, and to whom, and why.
Julia Lacey Brooke read English Literature and Renaissance History at the University of East Anglia, later taking an MLitt at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Now based in rural Tuscany, she is a freelance editor, teacher and lecturer, and writes satirical fiction. The Stoic, the Weal & the Malcontent,her absorbing study of macontentedness on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, was published by Tiger of the Stripe in 2013 and on 5 March 2014 Julia gave a talk at the British Institute in Florence on ‘Miscreants and Machiavels: the Italian Influence on Jacobean Drama’. A poster for that event can be downloaded here.
We believe this to be the most important publication in the history of Tiger of the Stripe. It is one of the best novels we have read in years. It would also, we believe, make a fantastic television serial.
The press release is here.
Also Coming Soon!
Recipes from the Straw Bale House
This much-delayed (and much-anticipated) book is nearing completion – and what a feast we have in store! This book is stuffed full of delicious vegetarian recipes from Sara's B&B in France, Terre et Toi, where she offers accomodation in houses built from mud & straw and lime & hemp. She has just added a yurt! This book, beautifully illustrated with colour phtographs, also contains dairy- and gluten-free recipes for those with intolerances.
Probably October, we'll be publishing newcomer Anton de Moresco’s whodunnit, Isleworth Madonna, set in that most ancient and venerable institution, the University of Isleworth. We have no hesitation in saying that it is one of the most unusual novels to spring unbidden from Isleworth’s fecund soil.
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