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Tom Moorhouse lives in Oxford. When not writing fiction he works as an ecologist as Oxford University’s Zoology Department. Over the years he has met quite a lot of wildlife. Most of it tried to bite him. He loves hiking up mountains, walking through woods, climbing on rocks and generally being weather beaten outdoors.

His debut novel, The River Singers, for 8-12 year olds, was published in October 2013 by Oxford University Press.

Photo © A. L. Harrington Photography.


Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan’s fur bristle with fear . . .

Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?

Adventurous, exciting, and bursting with charming illustrations – this is a book you’ll want to treasure for ever.

The River Singers was published in October 2013 by Oxford University Press.


‘I came here to warn you. Before it’s too late.’

When their uncle Sylvan pays an unexpected visit, young water voles Kale and Strife know something exciting must be about to happen.

Little do they know that soon they’ll be running for their lives, as a new danger threatens to destroy everything and everyone they care about.

Kale and Strife will need all their strength and courage to survive their journey into the unknown. But the shadows are full of enemies, and still more surprises lie in wait . . . will they ever make it back home again?

This thrilling follow-up to the highly-acclaimed novel, The River Singers, will transport readers into a vivid world of riverbank creatures, where excitement and danger are never far away. Contains beautiful black and white illustrations by Simon Mendez.

The Rising was published in October 2014 by Oxford University Press.


With stunning illustrations from David Roberts, and a sparkling new text from Tom Moorhouse, this is a glorious picture-book edition of The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic has all the ingredients you need to make a perfect picture book – great characters, humour, lots of adventure, and a heartwarming message about the true value of friendship. This is the perfect book to introduce a really young auidence to Mole, Ratty, Badger and, of course, Mr Toad.

The Adventures of Mr Toad was published in November 2014 by Oxford University Press.

I thought the training was excellent.