Meet the Dodo Ink team


Sam Mills is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self (Corsair), a novel which aims to be the literary equivalent of Being John Malkovich, with Will Self as the centre of fascination. The Guardiandescribed it as ‘so outrageous as to defy conventional review’, The Sunday Times as ‘an ingenious, energetic read’ and The Catholic Herald as ‘maverick’. She has also written several crossover novels which have been translated into 5 languages, one of which has been turned into an award-winning play in France. Her journalism and essays have been published in The GuardianThe Independent andThe Weeklings. For the last 4 years she has also worked as a freelance editor for The Literary Consultancy and Writer’s Workshop. Her favourite novelists include Will Self, Martin Amis, Rachel Ingalls and Michael Ondaatje. She is the editor at Dodo Ink and is interested in publishing novels that are daring and different; novels that she is a fan of include The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall,Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger and F by Daniel Kehlmann.

Thom Cuell Dodo Ink

Thom Cuell is a book reviewer, who runs the Workshy Fop website. His writing has also been featured on websites including 3am Magazine, The Weeklings and The Literateur, and he has worked as the Reviews Editor for The Cadaverine, championing writing by under-30s. He has an MA in English and American Literature from the University of Manchester, and has worked in Digital Marketing and Communication. His favourite novels include Zone by Mathias Enard, The Ghost of Chance by William Burroughs and Dorian by Will Self. He is looking for satirical and surreal writing, which makes imaginative leaps and lives outside the everyday.



Alex Spears is a graduate of the City University MA in Publishing Studies. He has worked in marketing, editorial and digital roles at independent presses since 2007, for publishers including Constable & Robinson, Pluto Press and Elliott & Thompson. He currently works as Product Evangelist for the digital publishing start-up Papertrell. His favourite novels include Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, 2666 by Roberto Bolaño and The Map and the Territory by Michel Houllebecq. 

Alice Furse

Alice Furse is a writer and publicist based in London. Her first novel, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, was published in October 2014 and has been described as gripping, and deadpan funny, as well as “expressing, in comic and confident terms, the tumultuous and frustrating time in the life of a twenty-something.” She has also been published in The Guardian plus Litro, Squawkback, and Feathertale. Alice has a First Class degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA in The Contemporary Novel, under the tutelage of novelist Scarlett Thomas.In her spare time, she is the Fiction Editor for indie press Burning Eye Books and will be helping literary indie press Dodo Ink with publicity. She is thrilled about the prospect of getting some new, diverse, seldom heard voices out there in 2016!


Tomoé Hill is Deputy and Reviews Editor at minor literature[s], and sometimes writes obsessively about books and perfume. Aside from minor literature[s], her writing has featured in places such as The Stockholm Review of Literature, Numéro Cinq, Berfrois and is forthcoming in New Orleans Review. She ran away from Wisconsin years ago to study Philosophy at King’s College London and now lives in Kent. She refuses to name favourites, but her bedside table always includes Benjamin, Joyce, Ovid and Lydia Davis. 

Jessica Ballance is a bookseller, freelance editor, and a graduate of the University of Cambridge where she studied English Literature and spent her time editing student journalism and various literary anthologies. She has worked in bookselling and publishing since 2009 and, since migrating from Manchester to London at the tail-end of 2014, now works at a well-known independent bookshop.  A constant reader and sporadic reviewer, she enjoys travel writing, fiction in translation, books set in Eastern Europe, and short stories from the likes of Lorrie Moore, Callan Wink, Lydia Davis and Thomas Morris. She is keen to root up daring and difficult titles, and is on the look out for incisive, playful, and understatedly deft new voices that don’t always take themselves too seriously