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Tom Becker - Author

Tom Becker won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2007 at the age of twenty-five with his first novel, DARKSIDE. As well as further books in the DARKSIDE series, Tom has written several standalone YA horror novels, including DARK ROOM for the acclaimed Red Eye horror series from Stripes. Since Tom Becker learned to hold a pen, he wanted to become a writer. In fact, when he was 5 years old, he wrote in a notebook that it was his dream was to be an author. Aged 25, Tom has realised that dream with publication of his first novel, Darkside in January 2007.

Tom's early enthusiasm for books and reading was encouraged by his parents who were voracious readers. Their family home was cluttered with bookcases and piles of novels. Tom spent most of his childhood curled up in an armchair reading fantasy novels by Brian Jacques, and later graduated to grown-up novels by David Eddings and Guy Gavriel Kay.

Tom studied History at Oxford University and was struck by the otherworld-ly atmosphere of this academic institution. He used to spend long days studying and reading in the University library and always felt intrigued by the atmosphere there - perhaps that is why a library is such an important setting in Darkside.

Tom started writing Darkside in 2005, it took him three months to complete and he is now working on more books in the series. He drew inspiration from film noirs such as The Asphalt Jungle and The Big Sleep (hence the glasshouse scene in Darkside), and comicbook writers such as Alan Moore.

Aside from reading, Tom's big love in life is music. He is still reeling from the break-up of his two favourite bands, Rocket From the Crypt and Sleater-Kinney. Tom's other passions include supporting Everton Football Club and consisting on a diet of fry-ups and fish fingers. Tom lives in London.

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While the Others Sleep
Tom Becker
A chilling tale of dark forces from another world haunting the young offspring of the rich and wealthy in a secluded sanatorium for the mentally unwell children of the rich. Son of the wealthy Lord Mandeville, Alfie is sent there...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2013
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Darkside: Nighttrap
Tom Becker
A new story in the thrilling Darkside series. When Mrs Elwood is kidnapped, Jonathan sets out on a dangerous mission to get her back. To retrieve the talisman he needs, he must work with a criminal circus troupe and defy...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2008
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Darkside: Lifeblood
Tom Becker
We introduced you to Tom Becker earlier in the year with his superb debut – Darkside (winner of a major children's book award) and we're thrilled now to have just finished reading his second. Lifeblood is taut, gripping and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2007
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Tom Becker
A brilliant debut thriller that is full of supernatural tension, exhilaration and mystery that combines elements of Jack the Ripper's Darkside, a place of evil in the heart of modern London. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2007
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