Tom Harper

Tom Harpere:
Twitter: @tomharperauthor

Available to come to book groups?  Yes
Available to give talks?  Yes
Available for school visits? Yes
About Me
Inspired by history, I’ve written eleven novels on a variety of themes ranging from ancient Greece and Rome, via the crusades and the middle ages, all the way to modern banking and organised crime in the Balkans.  My recent books have been timeslip novels, interleaving contemporary and historical stories that are usually connected by some sort of mysterious artefact or relic.   It’s given me the chance to explore the lives of some extraordinary people, including Constantine the Great (York’s Roman emperor), Johann Gutenberg, and Plato.  Research for my books has taken me all over the world, taking in the Arctic circle, NATO bases, active volcanoes and a country that doesn’t officially exist.
I was born in West Germany and grew up in Belgium and America, before returning to the UK for university.  I studied History at Lincoln College, Oxford, worked for a pensions consultancy briefly, and now write full time.  My first novel was runner-up in the CWA Debut Dagger competition.  In 2010-11 I was Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
I’m married with two sons and two cats.  My wife works as a psychology Lecturer at York University.  We’ve lived in York since 2005 – first in Southbank and now in Dringhouses.   In my spare time I go to the cinema, play squash, hike over moors and dales, and lament the fact that there are far more good books in the world than I have time to read.

My Books
Cover of Harper - Orpheus DescentTom Harper
The Orpheus Descent
Hodder & Stoughton, 2013. Hardback/e-book
Historical Thriller
Set in York?
Across twenty-five centuries, two men search for the people they love. Both have gone missing, both linked by an ancient gold tablet inscribed with instructions for the afterlife. But dangers lurk, and not everyone who goes to the place they’re looking for can return.
‘An act of great daring, pulled off to perfection… Thoughtful, thought-provoking and intelligent: mind-blowingly good.’ Manda Scott
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Cover of Harper - Secrets of the DeadTom Harper
Secrets of the Dead
Arrow, 2012. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? Partially
Description: Aid worker Abby Cormac’s lover is brutally murdered in front of her, his death linked to a recently opened Roman tomb.  1700 years earlier, investigator Gaius Valerius is called to do one last job for his childhood friend, the emperor Constantine.  And the dangerous secret he discovers will reverberate down the centuries.
Reviews: ‘Oscillating between the present day and the early 4th century AD, this is a terrifically told, well researched blend of ancient history and modern Mafiosi, which brings the Balkans vividly to light. Intriguing and entertaining at the same time.’ The Times
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Cover of Harper - Lazarus VaultTom Harper
The Lazarus Vault
Arrow, 2011. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? No
Description: When impoverished graduate student Ellie Stanton is unexpectedly invited to join a secretive private bank, the offer looks too good to be true.  But the bank is more than it seems: buried in its medieval vaults lies a treasure of immeasurable power. And getting in is only the beginning…
Reviews: ‘Marries ironclad narrative skills with some of the most elegantly understated writing in the field; he’s the thinking person’s Dan Brown.  The Lazarus Vault assembles a variety of elements: vulnerable heroine, a labyrinthine plot and lashings of atmosphere, to considerable effect – it’s another winner for the author.’ Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime
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