Tom Holt

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Tom Holt
Born (1961-09-13) 13 September 1961 (age 58)
Pen nameK. J. Parker
GenreHumorous fantasy, historical fiction

Thomas Charles Louis "Tom" Holt (born 13 September 1961) is a British novelist. In addition to fiction published under his own name, he writes fantasy under the pseudonym K. J. Parker.[1]

Holt was born in London, the son of novelist Hazel Holt,[2] and was educated at Westminster School, Wadham College, Oxford,[3] and The College of Law, London.

His works include mythopoeic novels which parody or take as their theme various aspects of mythology, history or literature and develop them in new and often humorous ways. He has also written a number of historical novels writing as Thomas Holt. Steve Nallon collaborated with Holt to write I, Margaret, a satirical autobiography of Margaret Thatcher published in 1989.


The list that follows is complete according to the list of books in 'Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages, published 2012.


Humorous fantasy[edit]

  • Expecting Someone Taller (1987), based on the mythology of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
  • Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (1988), based on Norse mythology and history.
  • Flying Dutch (1991), based on the story of the Flying Dutchman.
  • Ye Gods! (1992), based on elements of Greek mythology including a parody of Heracles.[4]
  • Overtime (1993), based on the legend of Blondel combined with time travel.
  • Here Comes the Sun (1993), based loosely on the Celestial Bureaucracy reinterpreted along the lines of the British civil service.
  • Grailblazers (1994), based on Arthurian romance and the quest for the Holy Grail.
  • Faust Among Equals (1994), an imagined continuation of the story of Faust.
  • Odds & Gods (1995), which features assorted pantheons and their adventures after "retirement".
  • Djinn Rummy (1995), based on the antics of various bottle-trapped djinn along the lines of a modern Aladdin.
  • My Hero (1996), in which literary characters can move between fiction and the real world. One of the main characters is Hamlet.
  • Paint Your Dragon (1996), based on the adventures of statues carved to portray the legend of St George slaying the dragon.
  • Open Sesame (1997), based on characters from the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
  • Wish You Were Here (1998), in which a lake spirit grants four people their heart's desire whether they like it or not.
  • Only Human (1999), in which four human souls are switched respectively with a machine, a painting, a lemming and a demon.
  • Snow White and the Seven Samurai (1999), based on fairy tales (Brothers Grimm and others) making a world within a computer simulation.
  • Valhalla (2000), based on ideas from Norse mythology and the notion of tailoring an afterlife to suit the client.
  • Nothing But Blue Skies (2001), which features Chinese dragons which cause rain, and the problems caused when one of them falls in love with a human.
  • Falling Sideways (2002), which features human cloning and interference from a race of powerful alien frogs.
  • Little People (2002), in which a boy sees elves, and discovers they are being shrunk, imprisoned and enslaved.
  • Featuring J.W. Wells & Co., the magic firm from The Sorcerer by Gilbert & Sullivan:
    • The Portable Door (2003), which features office politics with a magical twist.
    • In Your Dreams (2004), in which the Fey use people's dreams to try to invade the world of humans.
    • Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard (2005).
    • You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps (2006).
    • The Better Mousetrap (2008).
    • May Contain Traces of Magic (2009), where a JWW travelling salesman breaks the rules and converses with his car's demonical navigation system.
  • Barking (2007), based on vampires and werewolves transposed into modern day legal firms.
  • Blonde Bombshell (2010), an alien canine race is trying to destroy Earth.
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages (2011), with a genius pig, human chickens, and reality misfunctions.
  • Featuring YouSpace, a multiverse-based entertainment system, with doughnuts as portals:
  • The Management Style of the Supreme Beings (2017), God and his oldest son Jay sell Earth to the Venturi brothers, leaving behind younger son Kevin, all the archangels, and Santa Claus.


Using Thomas Holt as author name.

  • The Walled Orchard (1997), which was originally published in two parts as Goatsong (1989) and The Walled Orchard (1990)
  • Alexander At The World's End (1999)
  • Olympiad (2000)
  • A Song for Nero (2003)
  • Meadowland (2005)


  • Poems by Tom Holt (1974) (Collection of early poems)
  • continuations of E. F. Benson's "Lucia" series set in Tilling
    • Lucia In Wartime (1985) fiction
    • Lucia Triumphant (1986) fiction
  • I, Margaret (1989) (satirical biography of Margaret Thatcher, with Steve Nallon)
  • Bitter lemmings (1997) (Songbook)
  • Holt Who Goes There? (2002) (short stories)
  • Someone Like Me (2006).

Short fiction[edit]

  • "They'd like to come and meet us, but they're only CGI". Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. 45: 77–100. 2010.

Parodies of musical works[edit]


  1. ^ Jared Shurin (21 April 2015). "Interview: "Hello, My Name is K.J. Parker"". Pornokitsch.
  2. ^ About Hazel Holt, Mystery Writer Accessed 3 December 2015
  3. ^ "Review: The Portable Door", The Guardian, 29 March 2003. Accessed 3 December 2015
  4. ^ Review, Publishers Weekly. Accessed 3 December 2015

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