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Henry Chancellor - Author

About the Author

Henry Chancellor is the author of the highly acclaimed Colditz: The Definitive History and James Bond: The Man and His World—The Official Companion to Ian Fleming’s Creation. He has made many documentaries for television, including Escape from Colditz which won sweeping praise and has been shown all over the world. He lives in England with his wife and children.

Q & A with Henry Chancellor

1.  What inspired you to write Tom Scatterhorn?

I have always loved creepy old museums, particularly collections of strange objects. And I have always wanted to be a time-traveller. And I have always wanted to go to an ice fair, take part in a tiger hunt, collect rare insects, meet extraordinary people….so it’s a whole heap of things that inspired me to write this book.

2.  Describe it in two lines.

Its about a boy who goes to spend the Christmas holidays in a tumbledown museum, and discovers there is much, much more to it than meets the eye..

3.  How long did it take you to write them?

The first book took a lot of thinking about and four months to write. Then I revised it many times.

4.  What do you think people will say about Tom Scatterhorn?

I have no idea. But I hope they will like it and want to read more…
 
5.  Are you working on something else at the moment?

The second and third books of the series.

6.  What is your favourite food?

Roast chicken.

7.  What makes you laugh out loud?

Anything witty.

8.  What is the one luxury item you would take with you to a Desert Island?

A box of matches. I have tried rubbing sticks together and it never works.

9.  What is your most treasured memory?

Probably being on holiday somewhere hot with my family.

10.  What is your weakness?

I drink too much tea.

11.  What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?

I once worked in a factory making cardboard. It was very, very boring.

12.  Who is the person you most admire?

It changes all the time.  Last week it was Homer Simpson. This week it’s William Blake.

13.  What is your most embarrassing moment?

There are far, far too many to mention.

14.  What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Life is not a rehearsal. Enjoy it while you can.

15.  What is the best piece of advice you could give someone?

Never think you can’t do anything.

16.  Favourite holiday destination?

Norfolk - when the sun shines. Greece when it doesn’t.

17.  Most treasured possession?

A small blue bottle containing a strange, colourless liquid, that gives off a very unusual smell….only joking. Its probably something very boring like my ventolin inhaler.

18.  Where are you happiest?

Anywhere where I think I have done something good.

19.  Favourite biscuit?

Ginger crunch.

20.  Pet hates?

Snakes. And Noddy.

Featured books by Henry Chancellor

Other books by Henry Chancellor

The Forgotten Echo The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

The Forgotten Echo The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

Author: Henry Chancellor Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2012

Tom's old enemy, Don Gervase Askary, is up to his evil tricks again and Tom knows he has to try and stop him. As he sets off on another exciting adventure, in and out of time and travelling to places far and wide, Tom encounters danger from every side. Things he sees in the future could have a devastating impact on his life and the lives of those he loves. But is the future set in stone? Or can Tom's actions now rewrite the future and make for a happier ending? As Tom sets out on a near-impossible mission, he is helped by friends old and new, but in the end it will all come down to him and whether he can defeat Don Gervase Askary and his beetle army. This breathtaking climax to the Tom Scatterhorn trilogy will grip readers from the first page to the last-get ready for a non-stop adventure!

The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

The Hidden World: The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

Author: Henry Chancellor Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Tom is back at the Scatterhorn Museum, looking forward to spending some time there while his parents are away on one of their adventures. But an unexpected visitor called Pearl Smoot throws everything into disarray when she arrives with an incredible story. She says Tom's old enemy, Don Gervase Askary, has taken her father and brother - and what's more, she claims he has Tom's parents too. Together Tom and Pearl set out on a perilous journey to rescue their families - a journey that will take them in and out of time, to exotic foreign lands, and finally into the secret hidden world of Scarazand, stronghold of the terrifying Don Gervase himself ...A scintillating sequel to the first fantastic Tom Scatterhorn book, The Museum's Secret.

The Museum's Secret (The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn, book 1)

The Museum's Secret (The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn, book 1)

Author: Henry Chancellor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Welcome to the Scatterhorn Museum! But don't get too excited - it's a cold and dingy place, crammed full of tatty stuffed animals and junk. Nobody much wants to visit any more, and its days are surely numbered. But when Tom is sent to live here he soon finds there is more to this museum than meets the eye. The animals may be shabby and moth-eaten - but they possess an incredible secret. And when Tom discovers he can go right back to the time of their making, a hundred years earlier, he embarks on a journey full of unimaginable terrors . . . Join Tom in his breathtaking adventure in and out of time, from an Edwardian ice fair and the wastes of Mongolia, to the jungles of India, and beyond . . .

The Museum's Secret Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

The Museum's Secret Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn

Author: Henry Chancellor Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Welcome to the Scatterhorn Museum! But don't get too excited - it's a cold and dingy place, crammed full of tatty stuffed animals and junk. Nobody much wants to visit any more, and its days are surely numbered. But when Tom is sent to live here he soon finds there is more to this museum than meets the eye. The animals may be shabby and moth-eaten - but they possess an incredible secret. And when Tom discovers he can go right back to the time of their making, a hundred years earlier, he embarks on a journey full of unimaginable terrors...Join Tom in his breathtaking adventure in and out of time, from an Edwardian ice fair to the wastes of Mongolia, the jungles of India, and beyond...

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