Tom Becker

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Tom Becker grew up in a market town in the northwest of England, dreaming of becoming a writer. He won the 2007 Waterstones' Children's Book Prize with his first novel, Darkside, and has continued to blur the lines between history and fantasy in brooding adventure and horror stories such as The Traitors and While The Others Sleep. He has also published an adult novel, The Cold Tap, on Kindle under his real name, Tom Beckerlegge. Tom lives in London with his wife, baby son, and a horde of shadowy creatures that he keeps confined within the pages of his notebook. He can be found on Twitter at @Tbeckerlegge.


Tom Becker's books

  • Cover of the book, Darkside (Darkside, #1).

    London has a secret: a hidden borough of monsters and mayhem, founded by Jack the Ripper and known as Darkside. It's a place of evil and danger, but also excitement and mystery - and it's Jonathan's last hiding place. Alone and on the run, he finds his troubles - and adventures - have only just begun.

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    based on 1,434 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Lifeblood (Darkside, #2).

    A series of unexplained murders on the Darkside of London has Jonathan tangled up in another dangerous mystery. With the help of his ally, private detective (and werewolf) Elias Carnegie, the pair discover that Jonathan's mother was investigating similar murders before she vanished. Jonathan becomes obsessed with solving the crimes and finding his mother. Meanwhile, the Ripper ...(Read More)

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    based on 511 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, I'll Be Home for Christmas.

    The UK's top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to C...(Read More)

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    based on 259 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Nighttrap (Darkside, #3).

    Mrs Elwood has been kidnapped. And Jonathan will do anything to get her back - even if this means breaking in to the home of one of Darkside's most sinister citizens. The plan's in place for a dangerous heist - but is this mission impossible from the start? This is another great adventure in the spine-tingling "Darkside" series.

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    based on 222 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Traitors.

    Adam has betrayed his best friend and now he must face the consequences. His punishment is 274 years in the Dial, a prison in a no-time world, where teenage traitors are forced to atone for their crime. It's a terrible place, ruled over by a cruel despot, where every day is a struggle for survival - and escape.

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    based on 185 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, While the Others Sleep.

    When Alfie Mandeville's insomnia threatens to embarrass his wealthy family he is sent to Scarbrook House, a sanatorium for wealthy children. Troubled by the eerie atmosphere and skittish patient, Alfie s condition gets worse, not better. He falls under the spell of the charismatic and cruel William Travers, who seems to delight in bullying the other patients. A mysterious sight...(Read More)

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    based on 164 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Timecurse (Darkside, #4).

    A notorious Darkside criminal is missing. And it's up to Jonathan to catch him In the midst of a bloodthirsty power struggle, Jonathan must find out the secret of a mysterious watch - and avoid getting killed while he does it. Along the way, he'll finally discover the answer to the question that's been haunting him for years: could his mother still be alive?

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    based on 151 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Dark Room (Red Eye).

    When Darla and her feckless dad, Hopper, move to Saffron Hills, Darla hopes it'll be a new start for the both of them. But she stands no chance of fitting in with the image-obsessed in-crowd at her new school. Then one of her classmates is brutally killed when taking a photo of herself. A murder Darla herself predicted in a bloody vision. When more teens die in a similar fashio...(Read More)

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    based on 231 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Blackjack (Darkside, #5).

    Jonathan is shocked when he finds out his mother has been locked away in Darkside's most infamous madhouse, The Bedlam, for years - and he's determined to rescue her. But with the rotten borough's brutal new leader causing mass chaos, and the wereman Carnegie nowhere to be found, will he be able to save his mum without losing everything else?

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    based on 132 ratings.