ARTicle Magazine

This reading life: Dominic Hoey, aka Tourettes

09 August 2017

By his books we will know Dominic Hoey, aka Tourettes.

Dominic Hoey

Dominic's debut novel Iceland is published by Steele Roberts. 

The first book to capture my imagination was ...

The Hobbit. My father read it to me and my sister when I was about seven. I was totally lost in that world. A few years later he read the whole of the Lord of the Rings to us. We had a really amazing copy that had all three books in one, and it was illustrated by Tolkien.

Lord of the Rings

The books and/or other writing (eg comics, magazines) that saw me through childhood were ….

I really loved Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I think he was so good at coming up with great characters and he had so much humour in his books. I think I learnt a lot about writing funny prose from him.

The character in a book I most wanted to be as a child was …

Rupert The Bear.


The book I studied at school that has stayed with me most is ...

I don’t think we really studied books at school (I went to shitty schools), but I remember reading Macbeth in English and really enjoying it.

"I don’t think we really studied books at school (I went to shitty schools), but I remember reading Macbeth in English and really enjoying it."

The author I am most likely to binge-read is….

Peter Carey. He’s such a brilliant writer. His prose is really lean, and he has a beautiful turn of phrase.

The book I am most likely to press on a friend is ...

Peter Carey’s Collected Short Stories.

Peter Carey Collected Stories

The book I most wish someone would write is ...

The story of a post-apocalyptic Auckland, where the poor literally eat the rich.

The book I keep meaning to get around to reading but somehow never do is …

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – it’s sitting on my bookshelf staring at me right now....

If I were stranded on a desert island and could have only one book with me, it would be ...
George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia - such an inspiring book.

George Orwell

Bookmark, scrap of paper or turning down the corner of the page?

Turning down the page. All my books are a dog-eared mess.

The first 50 pages or bust? Or always to the bitter end?

First 50 pages, or even less sometimes. I remember my Dad saying there’s more books in the world than you can ever read so don’t waste time on bad books.

The book I am always on the lookout for in second hand shops is ...

Anything by Mark Z. Danielewski or Marlon James (both rare finds).

The character in a book I'd most like to meet is ...

Sherlock Homes - The Hound of The Baskervilles. It gave me nightmares when I was young.

Sherlock Holmes

A line of writing I can recite from memory is ...

“You folks want to buy some heroin?”, from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear and Loathing

My favourite 20th-century book is ...

Catch 22, by Joseph Heller.

My favourite contemporary writers are ...

Annie Proulx, Marlon James, Sebastian Barry and Peter Carey.