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Terence Blacker - Author

About the Author

Terence Blacker grew up around horses and was a jockey in his youth. He then worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He has written numerous books for adults, teens and young readers. He also writes for national newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster and performing musician. He lives in Norfolk.

Featured books by Terence Blacker

The Twyning

The Twyning

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Imagine a city. A place where respectable men and women rub shoulders with thieves and madmen. A place where two runaway children can easily be lost among the smoke and grime. But beneath this city there is another world. A world of Courts and Warriors, where the rat Kingdom is ruled by the great King Tzuriel...

Other books by Terence Blacker

Boy2Girl

Boy2Girl

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Matthew's American cousin comes to live with them: Sam's small, blond and wild - with a giant attitude problem. He immediately starts to wreak havoc on Matthew's social life - getting into fights with his friends and causing a scene whenever they go out. School is about to start and Matthew and his friends don't want these problems to continue, so they come up with a plan for Sam to prove his loyalty to their gang and to trick the mean girls at school. They dare Sam to go to school for the first week as a girl. Told from the viewpoint of each of the characters - some funny, some conceited, some achingly sad.

Racing Manhattan

Racing Manhattan

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Jay Barton has spent her life on the outside, being overlooked and mocked for her tomboy ways. All she wants to do is ride her favourite pony, which belongs to her much wealthier cousin. But then Jay shows a talent for winning the illegal pony races her uncle takes her to, and he starts to push her to take more and more risks. At 15, Jay decides to run away, to live the life of a stable hand. Her fortunes are changed when she meets Manhattan: a pedigree grey racehorse who has used up all her chances and is now neglected and despised. Jay recognises a fellow misfit. She fights to give Manhattan one last opportunity to show she is the champion she was born to be. Together, they face a world of prejudice and cruelty and fight back the only way they know - by becoming the best.

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

Author: Terence Blacker Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2015

Gregory Keays is a writer whose brilliant future is behind him. Corroded with envy, Gregory watches as his contemporaries produce better work and live happier lives while he teaches community college composition classes and compiles books about other books. One day, Gregory is convinced, the world will recognize his talents. In the meantime, his marriage to a new-age feng shui artist has become cold and distant, and his relationship with his reclusive teen-age son is in free-fall. But when a brilliant student enters his life, Gregory is offered one last, glorious chance to save his career.Soon, however, Gregory's Faustian pact with success unravels around him, and he must turn to darker, more duplicitous means to secure his fame. Set in the dangerous world where real life and literary ambition collide, Kill Your Darlings is an unforgettable novel of ego and delusion, villainy and the betrayal of love.

Yours, E.R.

Yours, E.R.

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

The Queen is the most iconic figure in modern Britain. For more than sixty years she has been on every stamp, every coin, and starred in every one of our Christmas days. But how well do we really know our beloved monarch? Her Majesty has written a letter to her most trusted private secretary, Sir Jeremy, every week for several years. For the first time, she has allowed these letters to be published. Honest, charming, and hilarious, they show what she has really been thinking: about her mischievous grandson Harry, her beloved baby great-grandson George, the press, Dame Helen Mirren, and the various politicians she has known over the years. Yours E.R. offers a glimpse into what life might be like for our Queen - and what, in her private moments, she might make of it all.

The Twyning

The Twyning

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Imagine a city. A place where respectable men and women rub shoulders with thieves and madmen. A place where two runaway children can easily be lost among the smoke and grime. But beneath this city there is another world. A world of Courts and Warriors, where the rat Kingdom is ruled by the great King Tzuriel...

The Twyning

The Twyning

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

This is the story of Efren, a young ratling born into the Court of Tasting, in the kingdom of rats below the city streets. The kingdom is in turmoil after the death of the old king, assassinated by a human scientist, Dr Henry Ross-Gibbon. Obsessed by an ambition to exterminate all rats, the doctor is assisted by Dogboy, an abandoned thirteen-year-old with a gift for understanding animals. Soon a war to the death rages between the rat kingdom and its mortal enemy: humankind. Hurt and alone, Efren finds shelter with Dogboy and his friend Caz, a runaway eleven-year-old girl. And between these unlikely allies a spark is ignited - first of communication, then of hope. This tumultuous story of creatures caught up in a pitiless war transcends the barriers between animals and humans. What Watership Down did for rabbits, THE TWYNING will do for the kingdom of rats.

The Twyning

The Twyning

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2013

This is the story of Efren, a young ratling born into the Court of Tasting, in the kingdom of rats below the city streets. The kingdom is in turmoil after the death of the old king, assassinated by a human scientist, Dr Henry Ross-Gibbon. Obsessed by an ambition to exterminate all rats, the doctor is assisted by Dogboy, an abandoned thirteen-year-old with a gift for understanding animals. Soon a war to the death rages between the rat kingdom and its mortal enemy: humankind. Hurt and alone, Efren finds shelter with Dogboy and his friend Caz, a runaway eleven-year-old girl. And between these unlikely allies a spark is ignited - first of communication, then of hope. This tumultuous story of creatures caught up in a pitiless war transcends the barriers between animals and humans. What Watership Down did for rabbits, THE TWYNING will do for the kingdom of rats.

Missing, Believed Crazy

Missing, Believed Crazy

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2010

Five kids at an exclusive private school hatch a daring plan to fake a kidnap and raise money for charity. There's brainy scholarship boy, Wiki, super-glam Jade, too-cool-for-school Mark, everyone's best friend Holly - and then there's Trix. It was her brilliant idea in the first place. A kidnap, a rural hideaway, a load of money . . . and all for the very best of motives. What could possibly go wrong?

Ms Wiz RULES OK!

Ms Wiz RULES OK!

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Ms Wiz goes live. Caroline and Little Musha are babysat by Ms Wiz - and they go into the TV! Power-Crazy Ms Wiz, Mr Harris wants to shape up Podge, and take him away from St Barnabas, so Ms Wiz goes to the Prime Minister to prevent it.

Missing, Believed Crazy

Missing, Believed Crazy

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2009

Five kids at an exclusive private school hatch a daring plan to fake a kidnap and raise money for charity. There's brainy scholarship boy, Wiki, super-glam Jade, too-cool-for-school Mark, everyone's best friend Holly - and then there's Trix. It was her brilliant idea in the first place. A kidnap, a rural hideaway, a load of money . . . and all for the very best of motives. What could possibly go wrong?

Ms Wiz Rocks

Ms Wiz Rocks

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Ms Wiz is Class Five's favourite teacher, who also happens to be a paranormal operative! This title is bind-up of two stories: brand new Ms Wiz story Ms Wiz Rocks . Podge is learning an instrument but he's terrible. Then he meets a street singer playing the ukelele: it's Ms Wiz of course! And in joining her band, he finds himself in a TV talent competition! Rock on, Ms Wiz! You're Nicked, Ms Wiz Lizzie's cat is missing, stolen by fur-nappers, and Ms Wiz turns her into a cat to get it back.

Out of Control, Ms Wiz

Out of Control, Ms Wiz

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

This is a bind-up of two stories. In Stitches, Ms Wiz , Jack Beddowes is in hospital, but never fear - Ms Wiz turns out to be a nurse on his ward! In Control, Ms Wiz? , the library is going to close, and Ms Wiz uses Fish Powder (which brings fictional characters to life) to save it.

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This The thoroughly disgraceful life and times of Willie Donaldson

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This The thoroughly disgraceful life and times of Willie Donaldson

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Though born into privilege and inheriting a fortune, Willie Donaldson ended up dying alone in a seedy rented flat, his computer still logged on to a lesbian porn site. To some, he had been one of the great, under-rated comic writers of our time, and to others, a dangerous force of corruption and decadence. His achievements were significant - he published Sylvia Plath while still at Cambridge, as a producer in the Sixties he staged Beyond the Fringe, and he was later to write the celebrated Henry Root Letters - but not as impressive as his reckless talent for self-destruction. The impresario became a serial bankrupt. The man about town, who had lived with Sarah Miles and been engaged to Carly Simon, ended up as a ponce in a Chelsea brothel. Success as a writer quickly led him into a dark underworld of crack addiction, fraud and sexual obsession. Now friend and collaborator, Terence Blacker unravels the intimate truth of Willie Donaldson's strange story in all its glamour, hilarity and pain. 'What a young fool I was. But how I adored him' Carly Simon 'A slimy crook' Private Eye 'For the skill and wit of his writing he deserves to be hailed as the English Nabokov' Auberon Waugh 'I am someone who always answers the phone at 1.00 am, because I know it isn't going to be my bank manager or the Inland Revenue, but probably a crack dealer or a prostitute' Willie Donaldson

Totally Spaced, Ms Wiz

Totally Spaced, Ms Wiz

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Ms Wiz and the Dog from Outer Space : Ms Wiz has to return a puppy to her mum. But the mum is on another planet! It means space-travel: hang on your ears, folks, for a blast through the galaxy! Ms Wiz Banned! Ms Wiz steps in with two paranormal friends, when the school needs some supply teachers pronto. But no one expects Class Four to turn into pigeons, or Class Three to travel to the tropical island of Sombrero...

Fangtastic, Ms Wiz

Fangtastic, Ms Wiz

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2008

Ms Wiz Loves Dracula: Ms Wiz is dancing with a stranger - a tall, dark-haired man with long white fangs. Can it be true? The children of Class Five go into action when they realise that Ms Wiz is falling in love. With Dracula! Ms Wiz Spells Trouble: Class Five discover that their new teacher is a witch! She wears black nail polish, she has a talking rat and a special classroom aide - and she uses some very direct action teaching methods!

Ms Wiz Mayhem

Ms Wiz Mayhem

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2006

Ms Wiz's paranormal powers are at work in style in these stories - somehow she must prevent the closure of St Barnabas' School, stop Herbert the rat from meeting a sticky end at the pet-hating Harris household, and travel with Podge, Caroline and Jack to the Kingdom of Paranormal Magic and Utter Eternal Mystery, to meet her very unusual family . . .

ParentSwap

ParentSwap

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2006

Twelve year old Danny Bell's problems can be summed up in two simple words: dodgy parents. His mum has left home and his dad spends his days slumped in front of the television, dreaming of the past when he was a rock star. So when Danny hears about ParentSwap, a secret agency that helps kids find the parents they deserve, he's willing to give it a go. Thanks to ParentSwap, Danny's life is transformed. It's bye-bye to his mis-fit, loser family and hello perfect parents. Life with the Harrisons is refreshingly 'normal' until Danny discovers that he's been specially picked as the unwitting subject of a TV documentary. Rather than just get angry, Danny decides to get even and to take on the manipulating producers as their own decpetive game. This battle of wits leads to an astonishing climax at a rock concert at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen herself takes a hand in Danny's far-from-ordinary life! Terence Blacker's new children's novel is a funny, clever, fast-moving story set in a world where reality is just another TV concept.

ParentSwap

ParentSwap

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2005

Danny Bell is an ordinary twelve-year-old with an ordinarily messed-up life. His mum has left home and his has-been rock star dad sits in front of the TV all day. So when Danny hears of ParentSwap - an organization that helps kids with failing families to find new and better ones - he's willing to give it a go. Life with the rich and powerful Harrisons is pretty cool, until Danny discovers that he has been specially picked as the unwitting subject of a reality TV show, with hidden cameras following his progress. Now he must play the manipulating producers at their own deceptive game, in a secret, nerve-racking battle of wits that leads to an astonishing climax at a rock concert at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen herself takes a hand in Danny's far-from-ordinary life! Terence Blacker's new children's novel tells a funny, clever and fabulously entertaining story set in a subtle, cynical and crazy TV world to which young readers will instantly relate.

boy2girl

boy2girl

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2005

Matthew Burton's life has been fine until his American cousin crash-lands into it. Sam was only ever a distant rumour, a hippy kid who travels around the States with his wacky mother. Now he's an orphan, dumped suddenly on the Burtons` doorstep. According to Sam, everything in England sucks, and pretty soon he's making trouble for Matthew and his friends. They want revenge - and Operation Samantha is born. For Sam - small, long-haired and blond - is the perfect secret weapon in the war at school between the boys and a gang of snooty girls. And when Sam sets about rewriting the rules for how boys and girls behave, he discovers an entirely new side to his personality. Soon it`s not only Sam that is changing . . . BOY2GIRL is one of the funniest comic novels you will ever read. A classic cross-dressing comedy like Some Like It Hot, set in a contemporary school.

boy2girl

boy2girl

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2004

Matthew Burton's life has been fine until his American cousin crash-lands into it. Sam was only ever a distant rumour, a hippy kid who travels around the States with his wacky mother. Now he's an orphan, dumped suddenly on the Burton's doorstep. According to Sam, everything in England sucks, and pretty soon he's making trouble for Matthew and his friends. They want revenge - and Operation Samantha is born. For Sam - small, long-haired and blond - is the perfect secret weapon in the war at school between the boys and a gang of snooty girls. And when Sam sets about re-writing the rules for how boys and girls behave, he discovers an entirely new side to his personality. Soon it's not only Sam that is changing...... Boy2girl is one of the funniest comic novels you will ever read. A classic cross-dressing comedy like Some Like It Hot, set in a contemporary school. It is certain to elevate Terence Blacker into the top league of popular children's writers.

You Have Ghost Mail

You Have Ghost Mail

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2003

When Matthew Bourne gets his own computer he can't wait to start emailing his best friend Angie. But the expansion of the Internet has disturbed the spirit zone and a spooky message on Matthew's computer screen leads him to contact Giles, a boy who died fifty years ago. This ghostly friend desperately needs to contact his mother and Matthew is the only one who can help him. But danger is never far away when the living meet the dead... A paranormal adventure with a startling twist.

The Amazing Adventures of Ms Wiz

The Amazing Adventures of Ms Wiz

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2003

Join the world's most famous paranormal operative on three of her most hilarious magical adventures. Time Flies For Ms Wiz Power-Crazy Ms Wiz Ms Wiz Loves Dracula

The Angel Factory

The Angel Factory

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2002

Life seems perfect for Thomas Wisdom - too perfect, in fact. When Thomas becomes convinced that his parents are concealing some kind of secret from him, he hacks into his father's computer. What he discovers there leads him into a strange and frightening adventure that reaches from his own family to the far ends of the universe and involves nothing less than the future of the human race.

The Transfer

The Transfer

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2001

Stanley is a football-mad 11 year-old whose beloved team, City, faces relegation from the Premiership. His mother is a football-hating computer scientist. In desperation, Stan accesses her `cybertelekinesis' program to create Lazlo, a genius striker who can save City. By a risky process of mental and electronic energy, he turns himself into Lazlo - and gets himself on to the City team. Stanley's greatest dream is about to become true - but it turns into a nightmare when he can't get back into his own body again . . .

Revenance

Revenance

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/1997

Like any village, Burthorpe has its secrets. A family dynasty rests on the psyche of the owner of Garston Hall, a local burial ground is to be moved to make way for a business park and the village shop conceals a seething fantasy life. Then, Margaret Cowper returns and things are set to change.