"Graham Whitlock takes readers on an 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.  

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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?



“Fantastic fo adults and kids alike.”  

Ken Kiss, Curator, The Crystal Palace Museum

“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 would recommend it to all my friends because it’s good to know more about where you live.”  

Spike aged 11

“Even when you feel you don’t love your family you love them deep inside especially if you’re away from them.”  Maia aged 12



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 (claphambooks.com) 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!


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

YOUR CRYSTAL PALACE writing competition

This competition marks 85 years since The Crystal Palace burned down and is a partnership between Upper Norwood Library Hub, the Crystal Palace Museum and Parakeet Books

kindly sponsored by estate agents Martin & Co.

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

Tell us in up to 700 words (feel free to add drawings). Video and audio entries are also welcome

Age categories; Ages 7-9 (Year 3 & Year 4), Ages 9-11 (Year 5 & 6), Ages 11-14 (Years 7, 8 & 9) 

PRIZES Winning entries will be exhibited at the Crystal Palace Museum and Upper Norwood Library Hub, and prizes include free books and vouchers, fab goodies from Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and the chance win an iPad for your school! An award ceremony at The Crystal Palace Museum will be held 5:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesday 30 November, the anniversary of the fire, including a VIP guided tour about the fire.

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YOUR CRYSTAL PALACE writing competition

YOUR CRYSTAL PALACE writing competition

YOUR CRYSTAL PALACE writing competition



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

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Emma Guthrie

Claire Reeves

Helen Hughes

Laura Good

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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

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