We’ve been talking to writer Alan Trotter for a little while now about working on something together, long enough in fact for Alan to start and finish a PhD and to move from Brixton to Scotland with a bit of Washington DC in between. Alan’s short fiction has been published by McSweeney’s and we’re incredibly happy to be launching his new book All This Rotting today, a book that literally loses its mind.
All This Rotting is an unstable story about an unstable mind, and a story about deaths: one sudden and violent, one slow and incremental. It’s a story about loss – of a daughter, a sister, a child’s feet, of a man’s mind.
All This Rotting is the fourth book on Editions At Play, our collaboration with Google Creative Lab in Sydney, and it follows hot on the heels of Penguin Random House’s release of a book that constructs a world, STRATA, and our own Entrances & Exits by Reif Larson, a book that travels the world; and The Truth About Cats And Dogs by Joe Dunthorne and Sam Riviere, a book that takes sides.
The ambition for all books on Editions At Play is to allow writers to create books that change dynamically on a reader’s phone or tablet using the magic of the internet, and to engage the next generation of readers on their phones as well as in print.
Remember: be sure to approach All This Rotting carefully because like the story, it is rather fragile.
We can’t wait to hear what you think of it, so as ever, tell us, don’t be shy.