On The Verge

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This verse-novel tells the incredible story of a young hitch-hiker who is given a ride by Arno, a bad tempered trucker who drives a gigantic juggernaut. Arno’s bullish and profit-driven world-view causes much friction between him and his passenger as the ill-matched pair embark on a terrifying journey, their adventures becoming ever more surreal.

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About Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the UK, where he runs a small gardening business. He is fascinated by wildlife, especially birds, and with his partner the artist Robbie Burns he has travelled around much of the world seeking out the rare and the beautiful.

As a poet he divides his talents equally between page and stage. His first book was a collection of 40 sonnets around a theme of birds called Birds of the World in Colour, published by Flarestack in 2004, and his second book was a poetic journey through Latin America called Gringo on the Chickenbus, published by Stairwell Books in 2011. On Smashwords he has self-published two "verse-novels", On The Verge and God The Banana, the latter in three parts called The Prophet of Amanga, The Temple of the Monkey, and The Evil of God.

His poems have appeared in several magazines including The Dalesman, Orbis and the Poetry Society’s Poetry News. He has won many prizes including 1st prize in the 2011 Huddersfield Grist Poetry Competition.

On the performance side, he is a well known face at slams, festivals and Open Mics throughout the North of England. He is a previous winner of the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition and in 2011 he won the first York Poetry Slam. He can occasionally be found at poetry events in York and Leeds, but his principal haunt is Poems, Prose and Pints at the Tap & Spile pub in Harrogate.


The Spirit of the Road.
A video of the first poem in On The Verge.

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Review by: Steve Pottinger on Aug. 3, 2013 : (no rating)
This book deserves a longer and better review than anything I can offer. Yes, Tim's donating any money made from it to rhinoceros conservation, but don't kid yourself that's the only reason to buy it. In 'On The Verge' you're going to find beautifully constructed poems, an irreverent sense of humour, and a clever (in the best sense) and oblique commentary on our modern world. And all of this linked together by the unlikely combination of chance discovery, plagiarism, and death by treefall. Whoever would have thunk it?

Buy this. You won't regret it.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
Review by: Helen Pugh on June 24, 2013 :
I am never disappointed in anything that Tim writes. I have a signed copy of “Birds of the World in Colour”. From this book I have learnt so much about birds and nature. This book was followed by “Gringo on the Chickenbus” which has a wonderful cover by Tim’s talented partner Robbie Burns. I was therefore delighted to find out that Tim has written his first e-book. All profits from this book are going to a very good cause - rhinoceros conservation (see Tim’s blog!). Tim is passionate about the environment and the planet and all his work shows this passion. Some of it can make uncomfortable reading but we bury our heads in the sand at our peril! Tim is very knowledgeable and is sure of his facts to the extent that I have to admit to totally believing the wonderful “Editor’s note” to his latest book. The note is meant to be taken with a pinch of salt but what a wonderful story leading into his book! Every poem in this book tells a story. Tim’s use of words and language is brilliant (I cannot do justice to his language in a review). He is also a performance poet and if you live near Harrogate, please go to an event where is reading. Tim is an author worth watching. Hopefully, we will hear more from him!
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

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