Tom Becker - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by Tom Becker

Dark Room

Dark Room

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Tom Becker Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

The camera never lies... Darla and her dad are looking for a fresh start. But when they wind up in affluent Saffron Hills, Darla stands no chance of fitting in with the beautiful, selfie-obsessed teens at her new school. Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she starts having visions. The gruesome snapshots flashing into Darla's mind seem to suggest she's going crazy... until she realizes they're actually a horrifying glimpse into the future. With a killer on the loose, can she make sense of what she's seeing before it's too late?

While the Others Sleep

While the Others Sleep

13+ readers

Author: Tom Becker Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2013

When Alfie Mandeville's insomnia threatens to embarrass his wealthy family he is sent to Scarbrook House, a sanatorium for wealthy children. Troubled by the eerie atmosphere and skittish patient, Alfie's condition gets worse, not better. He falls under the spell of the charismatic and cruel William Travers, who seems to delight in bullying the other patients. A mysterious sighting by the water tower in the woods stirs up turbulent memories of Alfie's time in India. And as he lies awake one night, Alfie is haunte by visions of a strange creature moving through the darkness at the edge of the patients' beds. Are his tired eyes hallucinating, or is starting to lose his mind? When Alfie learns that the creatures are hunting a demon escaped from the depths of Hell - and that the only protection against them is to be asleep - suddenly insomnia becomes the most dangerous condition of all.

Other books by Tom Becker

Dark Room

Dark Room

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Tom Becker Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

The camera never lies... Darla and her dad are looking for a fresh start. But when they wind up in affluent Saffron Hills, Darla stands no chance of fitting in with the beautiful, selfie-obsessed teens at her new school. Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she starts having visions. The gruesome snapshots flashing into Darla's mind seem to suggest she's going crazy... until she realizes they're actually a horrifying glimpse into the future. With a killer on the loose, can she make sense of what she's seeing before it's too late?

Until the Last Light Fades (School Edition)

Until the Last Light Fades (School Edition)

Author: Tom Becker Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

What's the hook? A new play from Tom Becker the author of the best-selling novel Darkside also available in New Windmills. What are the themes? Dystopia settings, secrecy, hope, reality and appearance Teaching points Great value special deal gives all your students online access for reading and learning outside classroom. The accompanying online student text includes self-marking, multiple-choice quizzes via ActiveLearn to check students' understanding. A teacher area offering online access to the book for front-of-class use with annotaton tools for language analysis. Online chapter-by-chapter teaching support and student worksheets.

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