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.
Tiger of the Stripe is not a subsidy or vanity publisher. That is to say that we pay authors, not the other way around!
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.
Coming up in 2014
2014 is shaping up to be the most important year in Tiger of the Stripe’s history. On 5 March Julia Lacey Brooke gave a talk at the British Institute in Florence on Italian influences on Jacobean Drama and we treated the event as a rather belated launch party for The Stoic, the Weal & the Malcontent.
On 12 June we start publishing Julia’s quite remarkable fiction, starting with The Mischief-Maker, a novel we considered so good that we entered it for the Man Booker.
Also in 2014, probably September, 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.