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TUNNELS

Roderick Gordon
Brian Williams

  • Original Title: TUNNELS
  • Publication date: July 2007
  • Publisher: CHICKEN HOUSE
  • Country: GB
  • 464 print pages
  • Adventure

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Initiation journey, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Survival, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Solidarity, Filiation, Life change

Pitch

This is the story of Will Burrows, a boy with a passion for digging. That is what leads him to the discovery of an underground world under London and to a bunch of adventures.

Comments

The book placed on The New York Times Children's Chapter Books Bestseller List in February and March 2008.

A "subterranean fiction", initially self-published as THE HIGHFIELD MOLE in 2005

Roderick Gordon is an English writer. He attended University College, London, where he read biology (specializing in genetics). It was here that he met his future collaborator on the TUNNELS series of books, Brian Williams, who was at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Brian Williams is an English writer. He worked first as an artist, then later in film and television, working with his friend Charlie Higson on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Brian continues to live in East London and is working on a number of other literary projects as well as continuing his work in the film industry.

Summary

Book 1: TUNNELS

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a bygone era. Because the Colony is ruled by a merciless overclass, the Styx. Will must free his father--is he also about to ignite a revolution?

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  • Author’s biography

    Roderick Gordon is an English writer. He attended University College, London, where he read biology (specializing in genetics). It was here that he met his future collaborator on the TUNNELS series of books, Brian Williams, who was at the Slade School of Fine Art. After an unsuccessful attempt to transfer to medical school to train as a doctor, Roderick had graduated from University College London in 1983 without any idea of what career he wanted to follow. He eventually ended up in the City. Here he worked in corporate finance, specializing in private equity transactions. In 2003, he and his friend Brian Williams decided to start working together.