We were delighted to welcome Author Tom Palmer to the Prep School on Tuesday 26 February.

Like many of our boys, Tom loved sport at school (and is today a keen fell runner and football and rugby supporter, as well as a lover of history) but used to be less keen on reading. So he made it his mission to write stories that will appeal to boys just like he was. His books cleverly mix all his interests and make fun reading for both avid and less avid readers.

During the day, boys played Tom’s ‘Rugby and Football Reading Game’, which involved them answering questions about newspapers, magazines and books. Anyone with a correct answer took part in a penalty shootout to determine the winner of the trophy. During the quiz Tom talked to the boys about how he researches material for his books, using magazines (yes he did admit that he reads OK! for an insight into footballers’ lives), or reading biographies for his historical fiction books, and even spending the night alone in a football stadium so he could describe it accurately.

Tom enjoyed his time with us and was highly impressed by the thoughtful questions the boys asked – some of which he had never been asked before.

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