Alan Mahar is the former Publishing Director of Tindal Street Press, responsible for a prizewinning list of 70 titles of literary fiction that earned three Man Booker listings, two Orange, three Commonwealth Writers, two Costa First novel winners, a Betty Trask, three Desmond Elliotts. As a small publisher, his responsibilities included finance, commissioning, editing and overseeing production. He enjoyed working closely with authors (Gaynor Arnold, Raphael Selbourne, Maria Allen, Anthony Cartwright and others) to prepare their work for the scrutiny of the market. As a writer, he is the author of two novels, Flight Patterns (Gollancz, 1999) and After the Man Before (Methuen, 2002), His other publications comprise short stories, book reviews and articles for Literary Review, London Magazine, Warwick Review, Observer, Bookseller and others. He remains hopeful of a novel recently completed and going the rounds of publishers’ editors. Meanwhile he is a regular at Birmingham’s Tindal Street Fiction Group, which now celebrates forty years of reading and critiquing. A freelance editor, writer and former lecturer, he has worked with creative writing students at several universities in the West Midlands.
For TLC Alan reads literary and commercial fiction, and short stories