You can get your name on the pages of The Crystal Palace Chronicles Book II, Palace of Shadows, by supporting my crowd fund campaign - click here to find out more!  On my website you can also buy a copy of Book I, Star of Nimrod, and get either a personalised signed book or eBook

  Graham Whitlock is a wonderful storyteller.                                                                                             

                         Suzy K. Quinn, New York Times bestseller, author of Huxley Sparks and the Book of Secrets 


"A fantastic time travel adventure." Waterstones


Join teenager Joe on a rollercoaster adventure travelling back in time to the heyday of Victorian Crystal Palace.


Joe is lonely, and bored. His best friend moved away, he’s stuck looking after his annoying little sister and Dad spends every hour in their struggling restaurant, Paradise.  


But Joe's world is turned upside down when he discovers a shattered compass among the brambles where the Crystal Palace once stood and time travels through the maze back to 1888.


With help from the teenage H. G. Wells and Samuel Coleridge Taylor, daredevil Iris Blondin, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of the Gypsies, Joe must foil dangerous diamond thieves to uncover dark secrets about the ‘People’s Palace'.  Standing on boundaries between worlds, its secrets are tied to the fate of his family.

Will Joe be trapped in the past with his new friends, find a way back to his family or can he somehow have both?



"Graham Whitlock takes readers on a wistful, clever and hilarious adventure into the perilous world of the past! It's quirky and dark. And so much fun!" 

Carrie Jones, New York Times best-selling young adult author

"Fantastic for adults and kids alike." 

Ken Kiss, Curator, The Crystal Palace Museum

"From the first page readers will be hooked. Although aimed at ages 11 to 13, older readers will find much to captivate their minds." * * * * * That's Books and Entertainment 

"It’s a story about realising what true friendships are.  What I found really good was the way Joe met up with famous people that were to become successful like Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Bertie who becomes H. G. Wells. It taught me much more about Crystal Palace and it’s a really entertaining book." Abdurehaman aged 13



I had the privilege of chatting with Gerald Robinson who shared his memories of that fateful night on 30 November 1936 when flames destroyed the Crystal Palace

1936 Fire - Gerald Robinson's memories
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The Crystal Palace Chronicles Star of Nimrod has launched!  It's available in local independent bookshops across South London including;

Bookseller Crow Bookshop // Crystal Palace South London in Crystal Palace 

Kirkdale Bookshop in Sydenham

Books | Chener Books | London  in East Dulwich 

Welcome - Dulwich Bookshop in West Dulwich 

The Beckenham Bookshop  in Beckenham 

Tales on Moon Lane Children's Bookshop in Herne Hill

Herne Hill ( in Herne Hill

Clapham Books | England | London Bookshop in Clapham

Book Launch Celebration at The Crystal Palace Museum - It was a thrill to share Star of Nimrod in one of the last remaining remnants of the Crystal Palace, surrounded by its past and by people who are as passionate as me in wanting to bring it to life for the young and the young at heart.  And to have one of the books main characters Bertie - aka H. G. Wells-  lead my Q&A made it a night I’ll never forget (so glad he got his Time Machine working…)

Events - I’d love to come to your event or school to share some of my writing, help bring the fascinating world of Victorian Crystal Palace to life and inspire storytelling in people of all ages, calling on over three decades of running workshops with young people.

I’m happy to tailor-make sessions to suit the needs and interests of your group so don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat, or you can find out more on my Contact an Author page at Graham Whitlock | Contact an Author

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Me with HG Wells at my launch!

Featured and reviewed at Waterstones;

"A fantastic time travel adventure!'


A big THANK YOU to my backers who have generously supported the publishing costs of Star of Nimrod - you're all stars!


If the Palace rose again today, what would YOU show there?

This competition marked 85 years since The Crystal Palace burned down and was a partnership between Upper Norwood Library Hub, the Crystal Palace Museum and Parakeet Books kindly sponsored by estate agents Martin & Co.

9 talented storytellers had their stories exhibition at The Crystal Palace Museum sitting alongside relics of the fateful fire including the helmet of one of the firefighters! Congratulations to  Gemma, Louis, Eleanor, Annie, Macy, Nancy, Emilia, Louise, and our overall winning storyteller China.  Feel free to download the resource pack that went with the competition which includes fascinating facts about the palace and why not write YOUR Crystal Palace story and if you'd like to share it with me I'd be delighted to read it!

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I am a writer, walker, local instigator, dad and born-and-bred Norwood boy who is hopelessly in love with London. 


I helped found and run award-winning charity DreamArts which transforms young lives fusing arts and therapy.


I edited the Dev and Olli children’s books by Shweta Aggarwal and my professional writing credits include a stage adaptation of the Shane Meadows film 24/7 and the UKs first immersive musical based on the classic Ealing Studio comedy Passport to Pimlico.

In the arms of my Nan at Crystal Palace Park while my big brother sits under Guy the Gorilla


A big THANK YOU to my backers who have generously supported the publishing costs of Star of Nimrod - you're all stars!

Tim Sharville

Kay Whitlock

Louise Machin

Richard Steele

Alison Johnston

Paul Chipping

Adam Ainsworth

Peter Lambert

Wayne Roberts 

Jesse Griffiths 

Anne Reyersbach

Shaun & Fiona Thompson

Claire Cunningham

Daniele Tagliaferro

Andy Scholes 

Cat & Ian Bradler

Sam Pilger

Janie Stamford

Ally Grant

Hilary Scanlon

Jim Chipping

Catherine Drake Wilkes

Emma Guthrie

Claire Reeves

Helen Hughes

Laura Good

Natalie Cooper

Martin Chipping

James Chipping

John & Sandra Whitlock

Liz Lucas

Rebecca Truisi

Azim Khan 

Judy Harris 

Steve Pearce

David Mumeni 

Karen Pernyes 

Emily Jewell

Rona Bryce

Mark Jones

Melanie Rivers

Alex Toogood

Steve Potts

Chloe Travers

Harpel Singh Bassi

Richard Whitlock

Annabel Horne

Kevin Burness

John Hyatt

Nicole Hatch

Rachel Stredwick

Jacqui Scott

Andrew & Jill Ainsworth

Ronald Cumming-John

Natasha Ciccognani

Kay Hall

Jose Perez Torres

Penny Titterington 

Jason Allcorn

Josh Carver

Mel Ellison

Simon Ryder

Ingrid Ryder

Kate McGuiness

Louise Entiknap 

Cara Satmoko

Roberta Gallinari

Sharon Ballard

Sally Briggs

Andy Stem

Sally Tennant

Jessica Wenben-Smith

Julie Murataj

Naomi Roper

Anisah Ali

James Leech 

Will Ainsworth 

Pete & Julia Ainsworth

Alexis Bleasdale

Anne-Marie Reid

Anthony Hyde

Sue Cope

Liane Abbot 

Noreen Meehan

George Harris

Callum Hughes

David Conway

Norman Murray

Martha Oster

Susan Milford 

Amanda Wright 

Sarah Green

Andrew Wallace

Jane Buttigieg

Shweta Aggarwal


Thanks for getting in touch! I'll get back to you as soon as possible!


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