I am a father, husband, author, football fan and a reader. In fact, it was reading about football that changed my life.
I wasn’t keen on reading when I was young. My mum was worried about me because I didn’t do very well at school. She encouraged me to read about football in newspapers, magazines and books. Gradually I came to love books.
And, from that point, my life changed. I wanted to know everything about books. I went to night school to do A levels when I was 21. Then I did a degree in European Literature when I was 24. It was brilliant!
After I had graduated, I went to work in a bookshop, then a library, then I managed book festivals. All that time I was writing: stories, poems, diaries and books for adults. Then – after a few years – I was lucky enough to have one of my football stories for children accepted by Puffin.
Find out more about me by visiting my blog. Come and meet me at one of my events. Or contact me with a question.
I have just finished two Puffin children’s books for a new series called The Squad.
International espionage and football action combine when these teenage spies are sent to the world’s toughest trouble spots, going undercover with the England youth team.
Please click on the examples below to see work written by children in Grove Road who have been reading the Squad.
The world’s in danger and only The Squad can save us. You can read about the characters you’ll meet here.
To purchase any of Tom’s books visit the LendMeYourLiteracy Amazon Shop.
Watch me reading the first chapter of my book Foul Play