Poet and novelist Tobias Hill was born in London, England, on 30 March 1970. He read English at Sussex University and spent two years teaching in Japan.
He is the author of the collections of poetry Year of the Dog (1995), Midnight in the City of Clocks (1996), influenced by his experiences living in Japan, and Zoo (1998), which coincided with his tenure as Poet in Residence at London Zoo as part of the Poetry Places scheme administered by the Poetry Society. He is also the author of an acclaimed collection of short stories, Skin (1997), which won the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award.
Adaptations of his poetry and short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He has also worked as rock critic for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper in London and as the poetry editor of the Richmond Review. His fiction includes the novels Underground, published in 1999, a dark story set on the London Underground system; and The Love of Stones (2001), spanning six centuries in the tale of a long-lost jewel once owned by Elizabeth I. The book has been published in seven languages and in 11 countries and is being developed as a film by Granada Films. His third novel, The Cryptographer, the story of a mysterious and charming quadrillionaire, who is the creator of the world’s first great electric currency, was published in 2003.
His latest novel is The Hidden (2009).
Tobias Hill lives in London and is Royal Society of Literature Fellow at Sussex University. In 2004, he was named as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. His latest poetry collection is Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow (2006).
In southern Greece in 2004, a close-knit group of archaeologists searches for the buried traces of a formidable ancient power. A student running from a failed marriage and family, Ben Mercer is a latecomer to their ranks, drawn to the charisma of the group’s members—to the double-edged friendship of Jason, the unsettling beauty of Natsuko and Eleschen, and the menace of Max and Eberhard. But Ben is far too eager to join the excavation project, and there is more to the group’s dangerous games and dynamic than he understands. And there are things that should always remain hidden.
A novel of astonishing grace and power from award-winning author Tobias Hill, The Hidden brilliantly explores the secrets we keep, the ties that bind us, and the true cost of fulfilling our desires.
Praise for The Hidden:
“Resonant with classical myth, this is a rich, rewarding story of the outsider—the existential loner searching for his place in the world.”
— Daily Mail (London)
“[Hill’s] prose contains many vivid traces of his poetry. . . . Exquisite and arresting images. . . . Hill’s eye for detail is superb and he never confuses relevance with truth. . . . This is a wonderful novel: elegant yet savage, restrained yet full-throttled, illuminated by the sort of brilliance that leaves you short of breath.”
— Daily Telegraph (London)
Tobias Hill’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Monday, November 2nd: Bloggin’ ’bout Books
Thursday, November 5th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, November 10th: Book Magic
Thursday, November 12th: Word Lily
Friday, November 13th: Educating Petunia
Tuesday, November 17th: Serendipitous Reading
Wednesday, November 18th: Life in the Thumb
Monday, November 30th: pages turned
Wednesday, December 2nd: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Thursday, December 3rd: Linus’s Blanket