Tom Moorhouse


Tom Moorhouse is a strange hybrid being, half children’s author and half research ecologist (an entity probably not called an “authologist”).

His debut novel The River Singers (published 2013) won the 2015 Quality Fiction category of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards. In addition it was nominated for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the 2015 UKLA and 2014 Branford Boase awards and has been shortlisted for the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. It follows the adventures of a family of water voles as they journey down the Great River in their battle to escape a new and terrible enemy. Its sequel The Rising (published 2014) sees the voles facing their most dangerous enemy of all: the Great River herself.

His books have so far been translated into seven languages, the French translation of The River Singers winning Le Prix LibbyLit for junior fiction in 2014. He works for Oxford University, writes for himself and is published by Oxford University Press.

“Ever since I was a child, reading has been my escape from the world, the place I go to see new things and meet strange and amazing people. It’s one of my greatest pleasures.”