Along with the rock operas and many of The Who's songs Townshend has also written a short story collection, called Horse's Neck, which contains stories he wrote between 1979 and 1984. And he’s also published a memoir, Who I Am.
Along with the novel, the guitarist has also been working with his bandmates in The Who, penning their first new material in 13 years for a new album. It’ll be the first since their 2006 album Endless Wire. Earlier this year Townshend said the material would be “dark ballads, heavy rock stuff, experimental electronica, sampled stuff and Who-ish tunes that began with a guitar that goes yanga-dang.” The album is due to be released later this year with more details coming out about it in the coming months.
The album is currently being recorded, which Townshend has been documenting in the form of video diaries and writing about some of the studio sessions on The Who's website. The latest post from 5 March states, "While Dave Sardy [their producer] and I work in London, putting tracks together, and adding bits and pieces, Roger is working on his vocals – ready for critical recording soon – somewhere in Kent at a wonderful studio I will namecheck when he’s finished. I am also doing work on a couple of new songs that we may include which will be good to see in these video diaries because we will be starting on songs from the ground up if they happen. Drums, bass, guitar and maybe keyboards. Maybe even a Roger vocal if he is around."