Collar, the second book of writing by Toby Christian, extends his attraction to the description of objects in fine detail, where focus is accented through an amplified magnification of surface and substance. This book charts a course between the cities of São Paulo, Glasgow and Marseille, recording a sequence of things Christian has visited, chanced upon or collected. These recollections, written in the present tense, set empty, intricate scenes for a reader to inhabit. And carefully inching through each entwined episode, this book conjures a collar, tailored to the reader.
Koenig Books, London