A. J. Hartley

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Andrew James Hartley
Born (1964-08-07) August 7, 1964 (age 53)
Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Novelist, Dramaturge
Nationality British
Genre Literature, fiction, thriller

Andrew James Hartley is a British-born American novelist,[1] who writes mystery/thrillers and fantasy adventures. His series of children's/young adult fantasy adventures came out in later 2011. He used to blog regularly for the writers' site Magical Words and is a regular presenter at Thrillerfest and Dragon Con. His thrillers have been USA Today and New York Times bestsellers and his 5th novel, Will Power, was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 15 best fantasy/scifi books of 2010. The first of three middle grades/young adult adventures, Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, was released from Razorbill (Penguin) in October 2011. In 2011 he co-authored with David Hewson a novelization of Shakespeare's Macbeth written specially for audio and released by Audible.com in June, narrated by Alan Cumming. His second collaboration with Hewson – an audio novel based on Hamlet, performed by Richard Armitage – was named Audible.com's best book of 2014 and was nominated for two Audie awards.

He is currently working with Tom DeLonge (of Angels and Airwaves and formerly Blink-182) on a novel series – Sekret Machines – released by DeLonge's To The Stars company in 2016. The series will have 3 books and a documentary film.[2] The first book in the series, Chasing Shadows, was accompanied by a 4 track EP of the same name by Angels and Airwaves. Hartley is also writing a new Young Adult scifi series to be published by DeLonge's To The Stars Inc. and distributed by Simon and Schuster, called Cathedrals of Glass. The first book, Planet of Blood and Ice, will be released in February 2017. A limited signed edition was released through To The Stars in November 2016 and sold out in 36 hours. With DeLonge's company partnered with Simon and Schuster Hartley also writes the young adult sci-fi Cathedrals of Glass series.

June 2016 saw the release of the first of his new young adult series, SteepleJack, from Tor Teen.[3] Book has already received several starred reviews from trade journals as Kirkus,[4] Publishers Weekly[5] and ALA Booklist. It was listed as one of Kirkus's Best Teen Books for 2016 and won both the Manly Wade Wellman and Thriller awards, the latter selected by International Thriller Writers. Its as followed by Firebrand in 2017 and Guardian in 2018. In 2018 he also released Cold Bath Street, a YA supernatural thriller.

His latest adult thrillers are Lies That Bind US (2018) and The Woman in Our House (2019) from Lake Union Publishing.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Preston, Lancashire. After his undergraduate degree he lived in Japan where he taught English for two years, travelling extensively throughout Asia. He then moved to the United States and got Masters and Doctoral degrees in English Literature from Boston University. He taught for nine years at the University of West Georgia[6] and became the resident dramaturg for Georgia Shakespeare. At present he is the distinguished professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[6] He is a theatre director and dramaturg, and is the editor of the performance journal Shakespeare Bulletin,[6] published by Johns Hopkins University press.[7] He is the director of the Shakespeare in Action Centre at UNC Charlotte.[8] His third novel, What Time Devours, draws on his experiences as an academic and centers on a lost Shakespeare play called Love's Labour's Won.

He studied Egyptology at Manchester University and worked just outside Jerusalem at a Bronze Age site. His mystery/thrillers, which have been USA Today and New York Times bestsellers, reflect this interest in the past, and particularly in the history of culture and ideas. His two principal characters are Deborah Miller, a Jewish museum curator who lives in Atlanta, and Thomas Knight, a high school English teacher from Evanston, Illinois.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2001–2002 University of West Georgia Honors Professor of the Year[9]
  • 2012 SIBA Book Award (young adult) for Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
  • 2016 Named to Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2016 list for Steeplejack
  • 2017 Named to the American Library Association's list of best young adult books for 2017 for Steeplejack [10]
  • 2017 Winner of the Manly Wade Wellman Award for science fiction and fantasy, North Carolina, for Steeplejack
  • 2017 Winner of the Thriller Award (young adult category) from International Thriller Writers, for Steeplejack


Academic Books

  • The Shakespearean Dramaturg: A Theoretical and Practical Guide, November 2005[11]
  • Shakespeare and Political Theatre in Practice, January 2014[11]
  • Shakespeare on the University Stage, December 2014[11]
  • Julius Caesar, April 2014[11]

Adult Mystery/Thriller

  • The Mask Of Atreus, April 2006 (novel)[6]
  • On the Fifth Day, July 2007 (novel)[12]
  • What Time Devours, January 2009 (novel)[12]
  • Tears of the Jaguar, September 2012[12]

Alternative Detective

  • Steeplejack, June 2016[13]
  • Firebrand, June 2017, part of the Steeplejack Saga
  • Guardian, June 2018, part of the Steeplejack Saga

Essays and Features

  • How I Got Published, featured, September 2007[11]
  • How to Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, (with David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey, C.E. Murphy), January 2011[12]
  • Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, featured (page 11), January 2012[11]

Historical Fiction

  • Macbeth, a Novel, (with David Hewson) July 2010 as audiobook (narrated by Alan Cumming), spring 2011 print.' [12]
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Novel, (with David Hewson) May 2014 (narrated by Richard Armitage), fall 2014 print."[12]
  • Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, (with Tom DeLonge), April 2016[12]

Middle grades Adventure

  • Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, October 2011, part of Arkwright Saga[12]
  • Darwen Arkwright and the Insidious Bleck, November 2012, part of Arkwright Saga[12]
  • Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, August 2013, part of Arkwright Saga[12]

Young Adult Fantasy

  • Act of Will, March 2009 (novel), part of Hawthorne Saga[1]
  • Will Power, September 2010 (novel), part of Hawthorne Saga[1]
  • The Cerulean Stone: A Will Hawthorne short story, May 2013[12]
  • The Slave Trader's Wedding: A Will Hawthorne Short Story, June 2013[12]
  • Cold Bath Street, April 2018, published by UCLan Publishing - a ghost thriller set in his home town, Preston


  1. ^ a b c "A. J. Hartley | Authors | Macmillan". us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Tom DeLonge on new 'Sekret Machines' book: 'This is not just Tom talking about UFOs again' | EW.com". ew.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  3. ^ Hartley, A. J. (n.d.). "Steeplejack". ajhartley.net. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "STEEPLEJACK by A.J. Hartley | Kirkus Reviews". kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Children's Book Review: Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley. Tor Teen, $17.99 (336p)". publishersweekly.com. ISBN 978-0-7653-8342-6. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  7. ^ "The Johns Hopkins University Press". press.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Andrew James Hartley". UNC Charlotte. n.d. Archived from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Hartley, Andrew James (n.d.). "Andrew James Hartley: Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). UNC Charlotte. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2017-best-fiction-young-adults
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Books Archive – A.J. Hartley – New York Times bestselling author". ajhartley.net. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Books by A.J. Hartley (Author of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark)". goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Revealing A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack | Tor.com". tor.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 

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