A mouse-crossed mutant called Tiny uses scavenged materials to build a city with nobody in it. A teenage beekeeper called Frankie has a dangerous dream to become an artist, but according to his father, the only “drawing with prospects” is a mathematical money graph.

Until a mutual love of paint brings them crashing together, they live as strangers in a rural idyll with a far off city view. But there is carnage in the grasslands, where salt is a chemical weapon. And behind the walls of a nearby laboratory, bigger creatures are being tortured for their genes. When the secret is set loose, and a beguiling art dealer comes knocking, both their lives are thrown into turmoil.

Tiny’s genius makes Frankie an overnight sensation; the real artist becomes a hostage in the art market’s criminal underbelly; and while the bees work together to fend off the wasps, the people of the human hive take arms against a brain-machine tyranny. Only Frankie and a girl called Bink can help the little outcast survive in a city on the brink of anarchy, but only a runaway chimp can offer Tiny a clue to his true identity.

Tiny Life and the Monster Head is a tale of survival in strange times, as diverse in its appeal as the genre tags it defies: for younger readers, it’s a real-science fiction adventure fantasy. For adults, it’s a darkly humorous send-up of humanity’s belief in its mastery of nature.


A really gripping first novel. Full of inventive charm and under laced with a powerful message to pay attention to the little things. Very original. I look forward to the next one…


A truly wonderfully-written story that can clearly be appreciated by all ages as it held 9-year-old grandson entranced and at 75, I couldn’t put it down until I reached the end! Bravo! Rai Gbrym – can’t wait for your next one!


I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book, but I must say it was a great pleasure to be pulled ‘down the rabbit hole’ into its intriguing world…Whilst funny and highly entertaining – a real ‘page turner’ – this book has a backbone – a core set of themes with an inherent message. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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