Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer


As well as being a huge football fan, Tom Palmer has an international reputation in reader development. He is a coordinator of the Reading Partners consortium, works with The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust, and has been the official writer for the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for five years.

He also teaches annually for the Arvon Foundation, and has travelled around the world to train librarians and teachers in techniques to encourage boys to read. Foul Play is Tom's first book for Puffin, the first in the Football Detective series.

Here are Tom's Top Ten Tips for Parents on using the World Cup to encourage children to read:

  1. Be seen reading about the World Cup yourself by your children – in newspapers, magazines and books. Keep telling them about interesting things you’ve found out.
  2. Have sport newspapers round the TV room or at breakfast – or even deliver a newspaper to their r...


Leeds, 1st August 1967

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

A small scupture my mum did at a night class

Mr Brightside, The Killers

Groundhog Day

When did you start writing?
When I was 18 or 19 (after not being allowed to do English Literature at school)

Where do you get your ideas?
Watching people and overhearing them. Memories from when I was younger. Football. Books.

Can you give your top three tips to becoming a successful author?
1. Write about what you are passionate about (e.g. football)
2. Read about things you're interested in
3. Be as honest as you can when you write

Favourite place in the world and why?
The Lake District, because I like hills and lakes and lots of space



Published by Puffin

Foul Play jacket image
  • Foul Play
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 01 2008
  • 8 - 12 years
Football Academy: Boys United jacket image
  • Football Academy: Boys United
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 02 2009
  • 8 - 12 years
Football Academy: Striking Out jacket image
  • Football Academy: Striking Out
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Apr 02 2009
  • 8 - 12 years
Football Academy: Captain Fantastic jacket image
  • Football Academy: Captain Fantastic
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jan 07 2010
  • 5 - 8 years
Football Academy: Free Kick jacket image
  • Football Academy: Free Kick
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 03 2009
  • 8 - 12 years
Football Academy:  Reading the Game jacket image
  • Football Academy: Reading the Game
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 02 2009
Foul Play: Dead Ball jacket image
  • Foul Play: Dead Ball
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 06 2009
  • 8 - 12 years
Foul Play: Own Goal jacket image
  • Foul Play: Own Goal
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 05 2011
  • 8 - 12 years
Foul Play: Off Side jacket image
  • Foul Play: Off Side
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 06 2010
  • 8 - 12 years
Foul Play: Killer Pass jacket image
  • Foul Play: Killer Pass
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 07 2010
  • 8 - 12 years
The Squad: Black Op jacket image
  • The Squad: Black Op
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: May 03 2012
  • 8 - 12 years
The Squad: White Fear jacket image
  • The Squad: White Fear
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 06 2012
  • 8 - 12 years

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