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20.5.16 EVENT I'll be back at Crimefest, thinking globally and murdering locally at 12.30 on Friday.

1.4.16 NEWS Cool down for spring! ZODIAC STATION will be on 99p Kindle special offer all this month at Amazon.

24.3.16 BOOKBLACK RIVER is out in paperback in the UK.

12.3.16 EVENT I'll be in conversation with Christopher Fowler and Frances Brody at the Huddersfield Literary Festival.

4.11.15 EVENT Helen Cadbury and I talk crime, writing and cold places at York Explore, 7pm. Book tickets here.

27.10.15 BOOK The first draft of the new book has been sent off to my agent! More details soon (once I know if she likes it)...

22-25.10.15 EVENT I'll be at the Harrogate History Festival debating which era is best.

13.9.15 BOOK Read all about my BLACK RIVER research trip in the Sunday Telegraph.

10.9.15 BOOK BLACK RIVER is published in the UK in hardback and e-book..

5.9.15 EVENT I head even further north than usual for Borderlines in Carlisle.

14-16.8.15 EVENT Love and death take centre stage at the UK's most intelligent crime festival, the St Hildas Crime and Mystery Weekend. My slot's on Sunday.

26.5.15 (or 5.26.15) BOOK ZODIAC STATION will be published in the USA by HarperCollins.

22.5.15 EVENT Three of the world's finest sci-fi authors (and me) convene at Greenwich Book Festival. We've seen things you people can't imagine: 8pm in the Queen Anne Building.

16.5.15 EVENT I'll make my annual pilgrimmage to Bristol Crimefest, discussing Secrets and Lies, and (my favourite panel title ever): Who Kicks Best Ass? Answer: I do (with Lee Child, Zoe Sharp, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Chris Ewan).

26.2.15 NEWS Joanna Penn unearths my deepest secrets for The Big Thrill. Or if text isn't your thing, you can watch the video.

26.2.15 NEWS And to celebrate publication, I've released a trailer for ZODIAC STATION. Like the book, but smaller.

26.2.15 BOOK ZODIAC STATION is out in paperback! Available at Waterstones, WH Smith, ASDA, Amazon and other quality retailers.

22.01.15 EVENT I'm on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, reviewing Sky Atlantic's new Arctic drama series Fortitude. 7.15pm, and available afterwards as a podcast.

19.11.14 EVENT I'll be in conversation with one of my all time heroes, Iain Pears, at Previously... (Scotland's History Festival) in Edinburgh, 6pm. Get your tickets here.

27.10.14 BOOK BLACK RIVER, my new book about the search for lost cities in the Peruvian Amazon, has just gone to the publishers. I'll be celebrating with a Pisco Sour or three.

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.





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