Authors beginning with: T
Aevar Thor is an actor and author, best known in Iceland for his work as Aevar the Scientist on TV and radio. He has received several awards, including the Icelandic Children's Book Awards, The Bookseller's Award and a special prize from the Ministry of Culture and Education for his contribution to the Icelandic language. He won the DeBary Outstanding Children's Book Award (international category) for Dinosaurs in Reykjavik. He is a very well-known author in Iceland, where he has led the national reading challenge for children for three years. In 2017, Aevar was selected by Hay Festival as one of the Aarhus39 – one of the best 39 emerging writers for young people from across Europe.
Bryan Talbot is a British comics artist and writer, best known as the creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and its sequel Heart of Empire, as well as the Grandville series of books. He collaborated with his wife, Mary M. Talbot to produce Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, which won the 2012 Costa biography award.
David Tazzyman is the bestselling illustrator of the Mr Gum books (Egmont), which have won lots of awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He has also illustrated the picture books You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus and The Truth According to Arthur for Bloomsbury.
David grew up in Leicester, and studied illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University. He lives in Leicestershire with his partner and their three children.
Del Thorpe has been drawing ever since that time he ruined his mum’s best tablecloth with wax crayons. Most of his formative work can be found in the margins of his old school exercise books. His maths teacher described these misunderstood works as ‘wasting time’. When he left normal school, Del went to art school and drew serious, grown-up things. Soon he decided the grown-up stuff was mostly boring, so went back to drawing silly cartoons and has done ever since.
Gavin Aung Than is a freelance cartoonist based in Perth, Australia. His webcomic Zen Pencils, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, has been featured by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Buzzfeed, Gawker and Brain Pickings, and was named one of the top 100 websites of 2013 by PC Mag. Zen Pencils has also been collected into New York Times bestselling books. His first series for children, Super Sidekicks, grew out of Gavin's long-time obsession with superheroes.
Hervé Tullet is an award-winning artist, art director and illustrator for the New Yorker magazine.
Isabel Thomas studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is a science writer and children's author who has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, the ASE Science Book of the Year, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. Isabel also writes for children's science magazines 'Whizz Pop Bang' and 'The Week Junior Science + Nature', and for science outreach projects. She is a primary school governor and parent of three young sons.
Jamie Thomson is the minion and slave of the Dark Lord, Dirk Lloyd. He's an author and games developer who has written numerous choose-your-own-adventure style gamebooks and worked on many computer games from the Tower of Despair (1984) to Warrior Kings: Battles (2003) Jamie Thomson lives in the dungeons below his Master's Iron Tower in East Sussex, where he spends every day writing for his overlord. His book, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years, was the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.
In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent "counter-culture" largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4/Waterstone's, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK's leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no "Tolkein").
Kate Thompson is a British-Irish writer best known for children's novels. Most of her children's fiction is fantasy but several of her books also deal with the consequences of genetic engineering.
She has lived in Ireland since 1981 and many of her books are set there. She worked with horses and travelled in India, then settled in 1984 in Inagh in the west of Ireland with her partner Conor Minogue. They have two daughters, Cliodhna and Dearbhla. She is an accomplished fiddler with an interest in Irish traditional music, which is reflected in The New Policeman.
Kevin Tsang was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Hong Kong Chinese parents and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s lived and worked in the USA, Australia and Hong Kong, and is currently based in London.
Kevin is the co-author of the young fiction series Sam Wu is Not Afraid, which he writes with his wife, author Katie Tsang (nee Katherine Webber). The series was inspired by wanting to see more books featuring children from Asian heritage backgrounds but which are accessible and enjoyable to all children. Some of Sam Wu’s experiences are based on Kevin’s own childhood. In each Sam Wu book, Sam faces a different fear but, with the support of his family and friends, as well as his own bravery, he’s able to overcome each worry. Kevin hopes that children will be both inspired and entertained by the Sam Wu books.
Lisa Thompson is a children’s novelist and the author of the best-selling The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar. The Goldfish Boy was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She lives in Suffolk with her family.
Piers Torday was born in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people. After school and university he worked as a producer and writer in theatre, live comedy and TV, including developing comedy shows like Argumental for Dave and the recent Boom Town for BBC Three.
Piers' father is the celebrated author Paul Torday, who wrote Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the age of 59. This inspired Piers to start writing himself, and The Last Wild was born, which has now sold in over 11 countries worldwide. The sequel, The Dark Wild, was published in 2014. Piers now lives in London, where there are more animals than you might think.
Sam Taplin has been in love with words for as long as he can remember. He started writing poetry at primary school, where Mrs Holloway warned him never to put a word in a poem just because it rhymed - advice he still tries to follow when wrestling with a new poem. After studying English literature at university he was full of long words and complicated sentences, but writing books for children has helped him to realise that you don't need lots of words to say something properly - just the right ones.
Sean Taylor is a British author of children's books. He grew up in Surrey, England, and taught in Zimbabwe before studying at Cambridge. He currently divides his time between the United Kingdom and Brazil, where his wife is from.
His books include the novel for teenagers, A Waste of Good Paper, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, the Purple Class series, and picture books for young children including Boing!, Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All!, The World Champion of Staying Awake, The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair, Huck Runs Amuck!, Who Ate Auntie Iris?, The Ring Went Zing!, Tickling Tigers, and Goal!.
Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery.
Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E.
Tracey Turner is a former editor and author of many non-fiction books for children including The Disgusting Dictionary, The YUK Factor, and titles for the Dead Famous series. Tracey lives in Bath.
Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; most recently he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. He lives on the south coast of England, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter: @ThomasHTaylor
Valerie Thomas was born in Australia and has lived there for most her life. She has worked as a teacher, but her special hobby is travelling, and she has travelled to most parts of the world, even Antarctica, but she doesn't travel by broomstick.
She is now trying to organise her life so that she never has to experience another winter. She used to live with a big black cat exactly like Wilbur but luckily her house was not black.