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Tim Bowler - Author

About the Author

Tim Bowler is the author of several prize-winning books for children, teenagers and young adults. He has won fourteen awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the pre-eminent UK award for Children's Literature. His novels have been described as psychological, mystical and philosophical adventure thrillers. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea, and studied Swedish and Scandinavian studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, undertaking a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer in 1994.

His first published novel was Midget (1994), a psychological thriller set in Leigh-on-Sea. This has been followed by several other novels:Dragon's Rock (1995), a thriller set in Devon; River Boy (1997), a story about love and bereavement and winner of the Carnegie Medal; Shadows(1999), a gritty love story; Storm Catchers (2001), a kidnap thriller; Starseeker (2002), a mystical exploration of love, loss and music, also made into a play; Apocalypse (2004), an allegory about the future of mankind, and Frozen Fire (2006), a philosophical thriller about the nature of reality.


His most recent works are Books 1 and 2 of his urban thriller series Blade (published in March 08), and his new novel Bloodchild, a story about memory, secrets and betrayal (published September 2008).


Tim has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'the master of the psychological thriller' and by the Independent as 'one of the truly individual voices in British teenage fiction'.

Featured books by Tim Bowler

Other books by Tim Bowler

River Boy

River Boy

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Grandpa is dying. He can barely move his hands any more but, stubborn as ever, refuses to stay in hospital. He's determined to finish his last painting, River Boy, before he goes. At first Jess can't understand his refusal to let go, but then she too becomes involved in the mysterious painting. And when she meets the river boy himself, she finds she is suddenly caught up in a challenge of her own that she must complete - before it's too late . . . This amazing book by critically-acclaimed author, Tim Bowler, was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and is being published in this stunning edition for a new generation of readers. With a stunning new cover by Tom Clohosy Cole and an introduction by award-winning writer, David Almond, this new edition will appeal to a whole new generation of readers.

Game Changer

Game Changer

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Life is hard for Mikey. He's frightened of open spaces and would much rather curl up in his room and avoid the world outside. So going to a noisy, public place is a big deal - but with his sister Meggie by his side, it should be safe. And Mikey is determined to overcome his fear. But things go badly wrong when he encounters a gang and witnesses something terrible. To make matters worse, they know where he lives, and now they want to see him . . . This time, there's no hiding place for Mikey . . .

Night Runner

Night Runner

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Zinny's life is falling apart. Shadowy figures are following him. His parents are keeping secrets but he can't figure out why. Then his mum ends up in hospital, his dad disappears, and Zinny has to do whatever he can to save his family. Even if it means helping the very men he's been running from . . . As the clock ticks, Zinny knows it's only a matter of time before someone ends up dead - and it could be him.

Sea of Whispers

Sea of Whispers

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2013

Somehow the boat was still afloat - another wave had lifted it clear of the first rock and was driving it further inshore. It bumped against the base of Crab Rock and skewed around, then tipped momentarily to starboard . . . and as it did so, she saw a figure crouching in the bottom. Hetty's always been a bit of a loner, preferring to keep to the outer edges of the close-knit island community. But when a strange woman is washed up on the shore, Hetty finds herself under increasing scrutiny from the islanders. There's a connection between Hetty and the woman that makes people suspicious, so when death comes to the community the woman is branded a bad omen and Hetty has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. As she heads out to sea, a storm is breaking and the whispers that she's heard before are louder than ever. Voices from the very depths of the sea . . . and they're calling her name.

Blade: Endgame

Blade: Endgame

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Revenge isn't sweet. It's just necessary. Blade has done all he can - shaken up the city, turned the gangster bosses against Hawk, his most dangerous enemy, and given the police the information they need to destroy the man for ever. But it's not enough. Hawk is still free, still powerful, and more angry than ever. He has men swarming over the city in search of the boy who has betrayed him. For Blade it's now or never. Time to stand and fight. The question is - does he have the will to defeat the man who has always won? Previously published in two parts as Blade: Cutting Loose and Blade: Risking All, this is a stunning new package for this groundbreaking series. Narrated by Blade himself, be prepared to enter his world. It's not pretty . . . it's urban, real, and dangerous. Complete the series with Blade 1: Enemies, Blade 2: Flight, and Blade 3: Firestorm.

Blade: Flight

Blade: Flight

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Blade has touched the edge of death. His injuries have left him exposed and vulnerable. Now his enemies have tracked him down, and Blade knows they'll show no mercy. If he doesn't get away, he's dead. Mary has told him to give himself up. But it's too late for that now. He's surrounded by big, new dangers, his strength is failing, and all he can do is run . . . Previously published in two parts as Blade: Breaking Free and Blade: Running Scared, this is a stunning new package for this groundbreaking series. Narrated by Blade himself, be prepared to enter his world. It's not pretty . . . it's urban, real and dangerous. As Blade's story unfolds, readers will become completely hooked by this unforgettable character. Complete the series with Blade 1: Enemies, Blade 3: Firestorm, and Blade 4: Endgame.

Blade: Enemies

Blade: Enemies

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

So what am I going to tell you? Not much so don't get excited. You probably want to know my name. Well, that's a bit of a problem. I got loads. But there is one name I like. Everybody called me it in the old days. No one does now cos no one in this city knows it. And that's fine. I don't like to remember. But I do like the name. You can use it if you want. BLADE. Previously published in two parts as Blade: Playing Dead and Blade: Closing In, this is a stunning new package for this groundbreaking series. Narrated by Blade himself, be prepared to enter his world. It's not pretty . . . it's urban, real and dangerous. As Blade's story unfolds, readers will become completely hooked by this unforgettable character. Complete the series with Blade 2: Flight, Blade 3: Firestorm, and Blade 4: Endgame.

Buried Thunder

Buried Thunder

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

What secrets lay buried in the heart of the forest? When Maya strays into the forest she also walks straight into a nightmare. It's not just the horrific discovery she makes among the trees, it's what's waiting for her at home. Something too terrifying to believe in. She's not even sure she believes it herself. Perhaps she's going mad, only imagining the sounds in the night and the feeling of being stalked. Maybe she didn't see anything in the forest after all? And there's another question: what was she doing there in the first place . . . alone . . . at dusk? All she knows is that the eyes of a fox drew her there. They will do so again.

Symfony 1.3 Web Application Development

Symfony 1.3 Web Application Development

Author: Tim Bowler, Wojciech Bancer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2010

This book is an example driven tutorial that takes you through the process of building Model-View-Controller-based web applications. You will create and develop an online store application. It also covers best practices for better and quicker application development. This book is for PHP web developers who want to get started with Symfony 1.3. If you are already using Symfony 1.0 or are new to Symfony, you will learn how to use it in the best way to produce better applications faster. Basic knowledge of Object Oriented design and ORM will be quite helpful.

Blade: Firestorm

Blade: Firestorm

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Blade is back in the city he hates and fears. His enemies have taken Jaz, the little girl who has become the centre of his life, and he knows they've brought her here. He has to get her back - but enemies lurk in every shadow and the police are hunting him too. Blade will only have one chance to rescue Jaz and it will take all his nerve and skill. He can't mess this up . . . Previously published in two parts as Blade: Fighting Back and Blade: Mixing It, this is a stunning new package for this groundbreaking series. Narrated by Blade himself, be prepared to enter his world. It's not pretty . . . it's urban, real and dangerous. As Blade's story unfolds, readers will become completely hooked by this unforgettable character. Complete the series with Blade 1: Enemies, Blade 2: Flight, and Blade 4: Endgame.

Symfony 1.3 Web Application Development

Symfony 1.3 Web Application Development

Author: Tim Bowler, Wojciech Bancer Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2009

In DetailWith its flexible architecture, the Symfony framework allows you to build modern web applications and web services easily and rapidly. The MVC components separate the logic from the user interface and therefore make developing, changing, and testing your applications much faster. Using Symfony you can minimize repetitive coding tasks, optimize performance, and easily integrate with other libraries and frameworks.Although this framework contains with many powerful features, most developers do not exploit Symfony to its full potential.This book makes it easy to get started and produce a powerful and professional-looking web site utilizing the many features of Symfony. Taking you through a real-life application, it covers all major Symfony framework features without pushing you into too much theoretical detail, as well as throwing some light on the best practices for rapid application development.This book takes you through detailed examples as well as covering the foundations that you will need to get the most out of the Symfony framework. You will learn to shorten the development time of your complex applications and maintain them with ease. You will create several useful plug-ins and add them to your application and automate common tasks. The book also covers best practices and discussions on security and optimization. You will learn to utilize all major features of this framework by implementing them in your application.By the end, you should have a good understanding of the development features of Symfony (for Propel as well as Doctrine editions), and be able to deploy a high-performance web site quite easily.Create a real-life application from design to deployment and explore all the major aspects of the Symfony frameworkApproachThis book is an example driven tutorial that takes you through the process of building Model-View-Controller-based web applications. You will create and develop an online store application. It also covers best practices for better and quicker application development.Who this book is forThis book is for PHP web developers who want to get started with Symfony 1.3. If you are already using Symfony 1.0 or are new to Symfony, you will learn how to use it in the best way to produce better applications faster.Basic knowledge of Object Oriented design and ORM will be quite helpful.

Starseeker

Starseeker

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Luke is in trouble. Skin and the gang have a job for him. They want him to break into Mrs Little's house and steal the jewellery box. They want him to prove that he's got what it takes. That he's part of the gang. But Luke finds more than just a jewellery box in the house. He finds something so unexpected it will change his life forever . . . This is a wonderful, rich novel, written with lyricism, drama and power. Tackling issues of loss, love, and healing, and filled with the sense of a universe bursting with music, it is unputdownable from the first page to the last.

Blade 3: Breaking Free

Blade 3: Breaking Free

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Blade's touched the edge of death. His injuries have left him exposed-and vulnerable. Now his enemies have tracked him down, and Blade knows they'll show no mercy. If he doesn't get away, he's dead. But he's weak. And he doesn't know what scares him more ...breaking free from those hunting him-or breaking free from his own past. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of River Boy, Starseeker and Frozen Fire comes the third title in a startlingly compelling new series. Contemporary, pacy, and utterly gripping, Blade takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the secret, dangerous life of its unforgettable narrator. This thrilling new series for teenagers combines an enormously likable and engaging central character with the harsh realities of street life and the youth gang culture that is so prevalent in today's news. The mysteries and cliffhanger endings of these short, accessible books will have the power to tempt all readers as they gradually become absorbed into Blade's dangerous world.

Blade Closing in

Blade Closing in

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Following the dramatic events of the first Blade book, Playing Dead, Blade is on the run again with Becky and three-year-old Jaz in tow. Now it's not just those shadowy figures from his past that are after him, it's the rest of Becky's gang too. They think Blade and Becky killed their leader, Trix, and there's no way of proving otherwise. Can Blade, Becky, and Jaz find safety together - or is there no escape from the forces closing in on them? From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of River Boy, Starseeker and Frozen Fire comes something completely different - a startlingly compelling new series. Contemporary, pacy, and utterly gripping, Blade takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the secret, dangerous life of its unforgettable narrator. This thrilling new series for teenagers combines an enormously likable and engaging central character with the harsh realities of street life and the youth gang culture that is so prevalent in today's news. The mysteries and cliffhanger endings of these short, accessible books will have the power to tempt all readers as they gradually become absorbed into Blade's dangerous world.

Midget WITH Dragons's Rock

Midget WITH Dragons's Rock

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Midget A unique and unnerving story about Midget - fifteen years old, three feet tall, and target of his older brother's bullying and cruelty. Midget dreams of buying a boat and sailing away, but people say it'll take a miracle for that to happen. Midget knows miracles can happen, but sometimes they hurt people who get in the way ...Dragon's Rock Benjamin can't stop the nightmares. Every night they come - so real and vivid that Benjamin lives in terror and sleep has become a place of fear. He knows he must return the stone he took from Dragon's Rock - this could be the only way to end the horror. But once there he realizes that he's not the only one in torment and the dragon of his nightmares is more terrifying than ever.

Shadows

Shadows

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Jamie is under pressure from his father to succeed. In the competitive world of squash, his dad is determined that Jamie should succeed where he failed. The emotional and physical bullying that Jamie has to endure makes him recoil into himself until he feels backed into a corner and doesn't know where to turn. Then he discovers the girl hiding in his shed and sees an opportunity, not only to help her, but to get away from his own life too. Together they go on the run - but danger is coming after the girl and it's surely only a matter of time before they're both discovered. Jamie knows the time is going to come when he'll have to emerge from the shadows and face up to his problems - whatever the cost ...

Starseeker

Starseeker

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Luke's world is in chaos. His 'mates' want to hurt him, his love-life's a mess, he misses his dad and hates his mum's new boyfriend. He's even lost his passion for piano. When the sound of a child crying starts to haunt him, Luke thinks he's going mad. But the noise soon leads him to an attic room in a creepy house and the strange and secretive people who live there. Can he resolve the complex mysteries of the house before the bullies close in on him? And will the journey free him from his sadness? Adapted from Carnegie medal-winner Tim Bowler's popular book, Starseeker is a thrilling rites-of-passage tale.

Tales from the Dark Side: Walking With The Dead

Tales from the Dark Side: Walking With The Dead

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2006

Stevie is having an unhappy break with his father and his father's girlfriend. In a rage he storms off and eventually finds himself at dusk in a quiet courtyard where a strange old man is washing in an old well. Repulsed by the figure, Stevie nonetheless takes the broken bell the man leaves behind. but that night he wakes to find ghostly figures in his room. They too are disfigured like the old man and Stevie finds himself drawn into their medieval world. Outcasts, excluded from the town, they tell Stevie that the old man, their grandfather, is bent on risking everything to enter the town one last time. Stevie joins in following the old man to try to protect him from the pitiless mob of townsfolk. In a dramatic climax Stevie faces the fury of the crowd and in doing so begins to understand what it is to be an object of hate. This deeply felt story is a gripping read, powerfully told and illustrated by a leading author and illustrator. Sure to appeal to all readers of 11 - 14, its relatively short text broken into digestible chapters and high level of illustration make it accessible to less able and reluctant readers as well.

River Boy

River Boy

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Grandpa is dying. He can barely move his hands any more but, stubborn as ever, refuses to stay in hospital. He's determined to finish his last painting, 'River Boy', before he goes. At first Jess can't understand his refusal to let go, but then she too becomes involved in the mysterious painting. And when she meets the river boy himself, she finds she is suddenly caught up in a challenge of her own that she must complete - before it's too late . . .

Frozen Fire

Frozen Fire

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2006

It starts with the phone call, late at night. The mysterious boy says he is dying. Dusty doesn't want to get involved - but the boy seems to have a link to the one person who's most important to her. Soon she has been drawn in - and now she has to deal with the other people who are looking for the boy - the violent man and his two sons, and the police too...Yet throughout all this, Dusty senses the presence of a boy who is not dying, a strange elusive boy who can show her what happened to her missing brother and solve the greatest mystery of her life. Where he is, who he is, why he wants to die, she cannot say. Only one thing is certain. Finding him will be dangerous.

River Boy

River Boy

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

While trying to cope with the knowledge that her grandfather is dying, Jess meets a boy who challenges her to swim down the river to the sea - her grandfather's ambition. The boy then disappears, and Jess learns her grandfather has died peacefully.

Blood On Snow

Blood On Snow

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2005

In a fast-moving plot, 14-year-old Will terrifyingly experiences a voice from the past when visiting the Norman remains of Totnes Castle in Devon. He comes to realise that a boy took revenge on the Normans for the murder of his father and was himself killed in 1067 when local Saxons were brutally enslaved to build the Castle. But the boy's spirit cannot rest until the knife he used is returned to the River Dart to complete Saxon tradition. Will breaks into the castle at night to dig up the knife, but then the nightmare begins as he relives his Saxon forebear's horrific ordeal. A gripping story with sympathetic characters. Part of a unique range of books aimed at 11+s that through integration of text and illustration are also accessible to those with reading abilities of as young as 8. Produced in consultation with literacy consultant Wendy Cooling,

Storm Catchers

Storm Catchers

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2005

Fin is devastated by guilt when his sister, Ella, is kidnapped. She is snatched away from the house in the middle of a storm. As the kidnappers make their demands, Fin's guilt is replaced by a fierce determination to find his sister by whatever means he can, and bring the criminals to justice. But as the drama unfolds, a complex web of family secrets is revealed. It emerges that Ella's kidnapping is revenge for mistakes Fin's father made, years before. The consequences will change all their lives forever.

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2005

After a dramatic accident Kit and his parents find themselves washed up on a small island. But there is no sanctuary here. The local community is hostile and menacing. Soon Kit's life is in danger and he is forced to face not just the inhabitants but a disturbing new arrival whose presence on the island terrifies the community. In his struggle to stay alive and make sense of what is happening Kit is forced to confront good and evil in unexpected forms, even within himself, and face trials and dangers beyond anything he could have imagined.

Starseeker

Starseeker

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2003

Luke's father is dead and he feels his mother is moving on too quickly. Since his father's death, Luke has changed his priorities, and has fallen into bad company. His new friends persuade him to break into a house when its owner, an unfriendly and unlovable old woman, is out. Once inside he is confronted with the sound of a girl crying, and through a locked keyhole sees a young girl standing alone, crying in despair. Luke becomes drawn into finding out who the girl is, why she is in the house, and why she is so unhappy. Finding the answers change all of their lives. Prize-winning author, Tim Bowler has won the Carnegie Medal, the Angus Book Prize (twice), and the Lancashire Children's Book Award.

Dragon's Rock

Dragon's Rock

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2002

Benjamin has terrible nightmares. Ever since taking the stone from Dragon's Rock he feels the beast chasing him. Sleep has become a place of fear, where the dragon hunts him. Benjamin returns to Dragon's Rock in the hope that he can put things right and so get rid of the visions. Once there, his nightmares become even more dangerous. And Benjamin realizes that he's no longer the only person at risk...

Shadows

Shadows

Author: Tim Bowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2001

Shadows is a gritty, uncompromising book and also, unusually, a boy's love story. It focuses on Jamie, a fifteen-year-old squash prodigy and his relationship with his overbearing father, who is determined that his son will achieve the success he himself never enjoyed and drives the boy to a point almost beyond endurance. Then Jamie finds a girl hiding in his shed, and in helping her to escape from the danger that is pursuing her, he is at last able to deal with his own problems. He realises that he can't run away for ever. He has to come out of the shadows and face up to his father, whatever the cost. It is the winner of the Angus Book Prize and the Lancashire Children's Book Award. This title comes from the major prize-winning author, Tim Bowler who won the Carnegie Medal with River Boy . It contains strong themes of overcoming fears, helping others, and standing up for what you believe. It provides new cover treatment to match Tim Bowler's wonderful new novel, Storm Catchers . The author was born and brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and now lives in Totnes, Devon.