My name is James Clammer and I write stories.

Some are for adults and some are for children.

I work in a winterproofed shed at the foot of the South Downs. It's tiny and sometimes the walls press in. Other times, though, it's an ocean liner, with thousands of cabins and theatres and engine-rooms to explore. If I'm lucky I get to meet people there — people from cities, from history, even people from the future. Often the corridors are empty and there isn't a soul aboard. I feel like there's a lot more of this liner to explore. It's a strange place, but I don't really want to be anywhere else.

Below are some things I've written.

Insignificance - book cover


"Insignificance, James Clammer’s first novel for adults, unfurls over the course of a single day. Placing the reader right inside the head of its struggling narrator, it works double time, both as an act of empathy - a taste of the uncertainty and awkwardness of one vulnerable man, and his relationship with the world - and also as a tense, emotional and gripping drama."

Insignificance will be published by Galley Beggar Press on 13 May 2021.

Read an extract here.

You can pre-order Insignificance from Galley Beggar Press.

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Why I Went Back

A few years ago my daughter's bike was stolen from outside our house. It was a small, pink, girl's bike – my daughter was still very young. Who could have taken such a thing, I wondered? How much could they have got for it? Around the same time, the Staffordshire Hoard, recently discovered, went on display at the British Museum. We had also received a spate of junk mail addressed to the house's previous owner. From those three elements — a stolen bike, a pile of junk mail, and some ancient artefacts — I made this novel.

Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Published by Andersen Press.

You can buy Why I Went Back from Hive.

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The Tread of Secret Kings

A commission from Visual Verse, responding to this haunting image by Wellcome Image Award winner Oliver Burston (aka Spooky Pooka).

You can read The Tread of Secret Kings here.

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Loving Kindness

“Sudden illumination: I could be a murderer!”

Published by Galley Beggar Press.

You can buy Loving Kindness from Galley Beggar Press.


Red Buttons

Once on a seaside street, my wife and I saw a motorist run his car over an enormous gull. My wife went beserk and chased after the man, but he drove away looking shamefaced. I remembered that incident here.

Published by Galley Beggar Press.

You can buy Red Buttons from Galley Beggar Press.

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The Cruellne

I had a dream about a grotesque creature being fed hotdogs. The next day I wrote this story.

Published by Galley Beggar Press.

You can buy The Cruellne from Galley Beggar Press.



Decorating a room, or a flat, is a ritual that couples often go through when they've decided to commit to each other. But occasionally things come along that put them to a much more difficult test.

Part of Refuge, a collection of short stories in aid of refugees. All proceeds to Medicins Sans Frontieres.

Published by Galley Beggar Press and Salt.

You can buy Refuge from Salt Publishing.