Tibor Fischer is a British novelist and short story writer. In 1993 he was selected by the influential literary magazine Granta as one of the 20 best young British writers. Fischer's parents were Hungarian basketball players, having fled Hungary in 1956. The bloody 1956 revolution, and his father's background, informed Fischer's debut novel Under the Frog, a Rabelaisian yarn about a Hungarian basketball player surviving Communism. The title is derived from a Hungarian saying, that the worst possible place to be is under a frog's arse down a coal mine. In 1992, Under the Frog won a Betty Trask Prize for literature, and was short-listed for the Booker prize. Subsequent novels include The Thought Gang, about an unemployed and alcoholic philosophy professor who hooks up with a failed one-armed bandit in France to form a successful team of bank robbers, and The Collector Collector, about a weekend in South London, narrated by a 5000 year old Sumerian pot. Fischer has also published a book of short stories, Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid (published in the U.S. as I Like Being Killed: Stories). Fischer published Voyage to the End of the Room in 2003.
Tibor Fischer launched his new book, Good to be God last year at Treehugger Dan's. He read for about 20 minutes, answered questions, and signed books for about an hour for the 60-70 people that came. Since then, Tibor has been a regular. He came in this week on his way to Poland where a theater was putting on one of the short stories from his collection Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid. His Under the Frog, short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1993 (?) is a must-read. Tibor said "the book launch at Treehugger Dan's was the best event of this book tour."