Ring The Hill

A book about hills. Actually, that’s not true. 

It’s a book around hills: the magical names we have given hills over the centuries, the legends associated with them, the history hidden in their folds, the exhilarated feeling you get when you’ve walked at pace to the top of one on a crisp autumn day, the perspective they give us on the land, on life.

Each chapter takes a type of hill - whether it be knoll, cap, cliff, tor, mump or even mere hillock - as a leaping off point. In Ring The Hill, a hill can lead to an exploration of an intimate relationship with a beach, a journey into my own past, a pilgrimage in pursuit of the dead, a lesson from an expert in what goes into the mapping of hills themselves. 

Because a good walk in the hills is never just about the hills; it will take your mind to many other places.

About the author

Tom Cox lives in Norfolk. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Good, The Bad and The Furry and the William Hill Sports Book longlisted Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia. 21st-Century Yokel was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize, and the titular story of 'Help the Witch' won a Shirley Jackson Award.

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Why We Like It

  • "Always engaging, charming, funny and often moving . . . It made me want to pull on my stoutest boots and follow in his footsteps."- Stephen Fry
  • "Beautiful, funny, fascinating, impossible-to-categorise . . . Like going on a great ramble with a knowledgeable, witty, engaging friend. Tom Cox brings magic to the most mundane of subjects."- Marian Keyes
  • "Sheer bloody genius . . . I loved it. Then I loved it more"- John Lewis-Stempel, ( author of Meadowlands )

Tom Cox is the author of ten books, including Help The Witch and 21st Century Yokel, which Robert MacFarlane described as 'just a glorious book - funny and wry and wise, and utterly its own lawmaker'. It was longlisted for the Wainwright Nature Writing prize and became the fastest ever funding book at Unbound, taking just seven hours to reach its target.

Tom currently lives in Somerset and writes about - amongst many other subjects - nature, folklore, music and books on his voluntary subscription website, having quit writing for traditional media outlets entirely in 2015. His favourite band is Pentangle (on the days when his favourite band isn’t Traffic or the Stones).

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

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Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.


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