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Tom Palmer Biography


“One of the best football writers of our time.” The Guardian

Tom visits hundreds of schools and libraries every year to share the joys of reading. As a child he was a reluctant reader, until his mum encouraged him to read the sports pages in newspapers. Once he got the bug, he wanted to read everything. He then began to write and is now the author of over 40 books, mostly for children.

His latest series, Rugby Academy, was inspired by children of serving RAF personnel, and Tom used their input to get life as a Service child right. In the first book of this series, Combat Zone, football-mad Woody finds himself stuck in a rugby-obsessed British boarding school, as his dad is being deployed overseas.

Tom launched Reading Force at Le Cateau School in North Yorkshire, and managed to get the Head Teacher playing football in the school hall.

He is the RAF Cosford Museum children’s author in residence.


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