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Author lifts the lid on acclaimed thriller at Lichfield Literature

Tobias Hill

Tobias Hill

Lichfield becomes the site of more buried treasures this weekend when Tobias Hill makes a return to the Lichfield Literature festival.

The characters in Hill’s acclaimed thriller, The Hidden, are not digging for Saxon gold, however, but treasures of ancient Sparta in southern Greece.

The story focuses on Ben Mercer, who finds himself drawn to the brilliance and charisma of the group: the double-edged friendship of his countryman Jason, the unsettling beauty of the women, Natsuko and Eleschen, and the menace of Max and Eberhard, who idealise the extremes of the ancient Spartans.

Born in London, Hill is a prize-winning poet and novelist. He was nominated in 2003 by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the best new writes in Britain; in 2004 he was selected as one of the country’s Next Generation poets and shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His collection of stories, Skin, won the Pen-Macmillan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize.

Of his third novel, The Cryptographer, AS Byatt observed:

“Hill is one of the two or three most original and interesting young novelists working in Britain today…There is no other voice today quite like this.”

The Hidden has been praised for its poetic writing and well-paced narrative, encompassing themes of loss, obsession and the ethics of terrorism.

Tobias Hill appears at The George Hotel, Lichfield, tomorrow (October 10) from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in person at 7 The Close, Lichfield, by phone on 01543 306270, or by emailing

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