I'm incredibly honoured and excited that The Orpheus Descent has been chosen as York's Big City Read for 2014. This summer, 5000 free copies will be handed out at York's libraries (and other locations) for residents to read and pass on, so that the whole city gets talking about the same book. In addition, there's a full program of events, and the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge for kids. Full details here, or see below for the events I'll be doing.
24-26.10.14 EVENT Harrogate History Festival. I'll be there all weekend wearing a big 'Committee' hat, and talking historical myths in 50 Shades of Grail, Sunday 3.30pm.
24.9.14 EVENT The Big City Read goes out with a bang at Explore Acomb Library, 6.30-7.45pm. Now that you've (hopefully) read the book, come and tell me what you thought - and find out what I did next.
24.7.14 EVENT How to Get Published and Stay Published. I'll be at Dringhouses Library in York, celebrating their 150th anniversary and sharing the lessons I've accumulated in 12 years as a published author.
19.7.14 EVENT Book signing at the National Trust Shop, York, 11-3pm.
9.7.14 EVENT Join me at Explore Acomb Library for the launch of York's Big City Read. I'll be talking about how I wrote the book, and meeting the Lord Mayor.
21.6.14 EVENT I'll be in conversation with Aly Monroe, Julia Crouch and Colette McBeth at the York Festival of Ideas. 2.30pm at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York. Free.
19.6.14 REVIEW Some nice early reviews for ZODIAC STATION. Barry Forshaw in the Independent says 'If anyone deserves the sobriquet of the thinking person's Dan Brown, it's Tom Harper.' Niall Alexander at tor.com finds it 'a conspiracy-ridden riff on The Thing... his best yet.' And For Winter Nights says it's, 'deliciously clever and as twisty as you could wish for.' Happy days.
19.6.14 BOOK ZODIAC STATION is out now in hardback and e-book.
18.6.14 EVENT Join me at the brand new Waterstones York for a party to celebrate the launch of ZODIAC STATION. Contact the store on 01904 620784 to reserve your free ticket. Includes complimentary refreshments.
16-18.5.14 EVENT I'll be at Crimefest, as usual. Speaking about spies, crime and archaeology on Saturday at 11.20 and 1.40pm. In between, I'll be contributing my structural engineering expertise to propping up the bar.
8.5.14 BOOK POLAR VORTEX, the e-book only short story that introduces the world of ZODIAC STATION, is available today. Free, for a limited time.
22.3.14 EVENT Fellow York Author N.E. David and I discuss history, recent and distant, for the York Literature Festival. 11am in Brigantes Bar, Micklegate.
28.11.13 EVENT Sometime legionary Anthony Riches and I compare Greeks and Romans at Southwell Library, 7.30pm.
18.11.13 EVENT I'll be in conversation with Rebecca Jenkins talking about historical fiction at Barnsley library, 2pm.
15.11.13 EVENT Manda Scott, Beatrice Hitchman and I will be discussing truth, illusion and history at the Thames Valley History Festival, 7.30pm in Windsor.
2.11.13 EVENT Join me in Cambridge for the Heffers Classics Festival, and find out why Aristotle makes a better detective than Plato.
25.10.13 EVENT A big night at the Harrogate History Festival: I'll be talking to Philippa Langley and Michael Jones about their extraordinary journey towards finding the remains of Richard III. 8.30pm.
24.10.13 BOOK THE ORPHEUS DESCENT is published in paperback - available at ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's, WH Smith, Waterstones and all discerning retailers.
11.10.13 EVENT Join me and a host of other writers for the launch of York Authors. Free wine, a bumper quiz and advance copies of The Orpheus Descent paperback. York Waterstones, 6.45pm.
21-22.9.13 EVENT I'll be at the Fayre Times Festival in Barleylands, Essex, talking about the Templars and the Holy Grail. Despite what Dan Brown would have you believe, they're separate topics.
20.8.13 WEBSITE I've put up the text of the paper I delivered at the St. Hilda's conference on the connections between Plato and Raymond Chandler.
16-18.8.13 EVENT I'll be at the Mystery & Crime Weekend at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
27.6.13 EVENT I'll be at Halton Library in Leeds at 2pm, talking about THE ORPHEUS DESCENT as part of National Crime Writing Month.
13.6.13 REVIEW Some nice reviews for THE ORPHEUS DESCENT. Parmenion Books says it 'thrills and messes with your mind in equal measure.' For Winter Nights finds it's 'utterly enchanting and brain-testing in the best of ways... I can't recommend it enough.' The Fantastical Librarian says 'it sucked me in and wouldn't let go'. Annette Gisby at Books and Tales writes 'it's a book you think about long after the last page is turned.' And The Sun says it's 'a cracking read.'
31.5.13 - EVENT I'll be at Crimefest, talking about the perils and pleasures of the past (Friday, 14:50); and the enduring appeal of the Cold War (Saturday, 10:10). Or find me in the bar.
23.5.13 - BOOK THE ORPHEUS DESCENT is published in UK hardback and e-book! Come and celebrate the launch with me at York Waterstones, 6.30-8.30pm.