The Torch Extras

Author Interview


How did The Torch come to be written?

HarperCollins asked me if I could write a sequel to The Cartographer, because there had been such a positive reponse to the main character. …

Briefcases (And people I have seen with them)



In the order in which they appeared in my life:


1948

  • Dr Dunnett (I hate him—don't get me started)
  • Granddad's solicitor, Arthur Minto


1953

  • Mother Sylvester (I'm guessing it was …

Cast of Characters


Super Characters

  • The Spirit of Progress (your daring narrator), aka the Blayney kid, aka the Ferret, Railwayman, the Cartographer (my 1959 identity), and the Outlaw (the less …

Letter to Tom



Dear TB,


I'm writing this letter because Peanut Hobson suggested I try it before I do anything nutso like trying to visit you over in Parkville Cemetery, because of the heat. …

Reading Groups


Spoiler alert: Reading Group questions may contain spoilters!


1. Do you want to know the kid's name? Have you tried to guess it? Does his anonymity add to the tension? 

2. How …

The Blayney Pash Scale

The Blayney Pash Scale

The Blayney Scale of Beautiful Girls  & Ladies

The Blayney Scale of Beautiful Girls & Ladies

The Blayney Scale of Cooking Powers & Abilities

The Blayney Scale of Cooking Powers & Abilities

The Blayney Scale of Deliciousness

The Blayney Scale of Deliciousness

Family Tree

The Kid's Family Tree

The New Blayney Scale of Smells & Pongs

The new & improved Blayney Scale of Smells & Pongs

Final Torch Map

The World of The Spirit of Progress & the Torch







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