Tim Willocks

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Tim Willocks at the SugarPulp festival (Padua, Italy), 1 October 2011

Timothy "Tim" Willocks is a British physician and novelist. A native of Stalybridge, Willocks has worked for some years on the rehabilitation of sufferers of drug addiction.[1]


His 1991 novel Bad City Blues was adapted for the screen in 1999 in a movie starring Dennis Hopper.[2] Willocks also wrote the Steven Spielberg documentary The Unfinished Journey.[3]

Willocks wrote the screenplay for the film Swept from the Sea (1997) based on the 1903 novel Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. One of Willocks' most recent novels, called The Religion, is set in 1565 during the Grand Siege of Malta and centres around the adventures of Mattias Tannhauser, a Saxon, who, after his family is killed, is trained and becomes a janissary in the army of the Ottoman Empire. After years of service he is repulsed by the ferocious life he lives and he becomes an arms and opium merchant. He is forced to return from retirement to help the Order of the Hospitaliers against the army of Suleiman the Magnificent and to help one young Maltese countess find her long lost son.[1] In 2012 he received the SUGARPRIZE for a body of work during the Sugarpulp Festival.

Published work[edit]

  • Bad City Blues (1991)
  • Green River Rising (1995) (follows the progress of a fictional prison riot from the perspective of a short stint inmate about to be paroled)
  • Bloodstained Kings (1996)
  • Doglands (2011)

Mattias Tannhauser trilogy[edit]

  1. The Religion (2006)
  2. Twelve Children of Paris (2013)[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Land of Pope and glory". The Independent. 4 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Bad city blues at IMDB". [1]. 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "American journey". [2]. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Twelve Children of Paris". 2010-01-03.