Phillip Drown writes with a fierce and unbridled perception of life and its characters, enlivening each paragraph with vivid reality and imagination.
As a child, he dreamed up ideas for stories, filling numerous sketchbooks over the years, full of ideas for new tales (alongside poems, titles, song lyrics, sketches and doodles, scenes for films and comedy sketches).
His published debut, The Reputation of Booya Carthy, was released in 2015. Described as "entertaining, gripping and almost unbearably poignant . . .", the novel received universal praise, and continues to gather new readers as it travels by word of mouth across the world.
A barrowful of tales have followed since, some of which can be found on the Short Stories page of the author's website, www.phillipdrown.com. One of Phillip's stories, The Weight of Nothing, was included in Kerry Barner's Best of The Short Story: Volume 2. Another, Madame Colti, was published in a collective anthology titled Stories From Anywhere. Towards the end of summer 2019, he finished writing his (as-yet-untitled) second novel.
The Reputation of Booya Carthy
by Phillip Drown
All that Calvin 'Booya' Carthy wants to do is play the blues. Immersing himself into the cut-throat local scene, his popularity spreads beyond the county borders. The Great Depression has hit America. Violent racial hatred remains rife. As danger follows Calvin to those he loves, he must decide how much he would sacrifice for his reputation. Where is there to hide when everyone knows your name?