Find out what progress I'm making with new books, and hear about my plans



Special Offer !  

While stocks last, the Joslin de Lay Mysteries, the Hare Trilogy and Out of the Mouths of Babes are sold as new, signed by the author and personally dedicated to the buyer if specified !  Click here for details



If you want to see want you can buy that is currently in print, there is an update to this section here.  For links to buy books secondhand through Amazon Marketplace, see the complete works here.





You can purchase all my current books at Amazon, and you can even get the older ones from Amazon marketplace.



Now available from OUP

The paperback edition of Mystery Stories - click on the picture.  From creepy school computers to bungling bank robbers; from lost villages to deadly Christmas presents :



The War and Freddy

Great news!   THE WAR AND FREDDY  will be republished in September 2007 in the Happy Cat imprint of Catnip Books.


THE WAR AND FREDDY is one of my favourite books.   It was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize in 1991.   I was thinking one day about the Second World War, what I remembered of it and what it was like being a small boy while it was being fought.  It occurred to me that one day all this would be forgotten and nobody would know what it to grow up in those long-ago fearful days.   It was then that the character of Freddy began to take shape.  Freddy isn’t me, yet in many ways he’s like me.  He has adventures, some of which are something like things which happened to me though never quite.   Other adventures may have happened to other people.   Some never happened at all, but perhaps they ought to have. They are real, proper stories in their own right.  And George Buchanan’s illustrations are dead right for the book.


Here's the wonderful new cover :


And here’s what some critics thought about the book when it first came out.


“Funny, wise, wonderfully readable, this book, with its admirable illustrations by George Buchanan, should find a wide readership, among war veterans as well as the nine-year olds for whom it is probably intended … This is by no means kid’s stuff, thought it is great stuff for kids.”  

MARCUS CROUCH in Junior Bookshelf.


“Dennis Hamley with captivate his readers with this wonderful, thought-provoking and. above all, humorous collection of stories.”

SUE ROGERS in The School Librarian



You can still buy some of the original editions here :

buy now hardback/buy now trade paperback/buy now paperback   




Yule Logs now out !

Click on the cover to order from Amazon UK

Christmas has always been and always will be a special time of year, a time either of great happiness or great sadness and sometimes both.   Here are eight stories of different Christmases, all of which are memorable in their different ways.

The stories are arranged in order of age: the first for young children, the last for adults.

There are two World War 2 stories, one which refers to it and one which refers to another war.  There’s a football story, a ghost story and  two stories with carols in them - and a lot more besides.   There’s a story about a really weird Christmas guest and another about a tumultuous family row.   All ordinary Christmases to start with, but which turn into being anything but ordinary.

Each story has a postscript telling what real memory lies behind it and how it came to be written.



Many of my earlier books are back in print via the Back-to-Front imprint of the Solidus Press. I have chosen some of my favourites to be rereleased by this new publisher. Here are some that you can read now :


The Great Football Treble

All three books are now available.  You can buy them by clicking on the titles :

Haunted United

Beautiful Games

Death Penalty


Two chilling ghost stories

You can buy them by clicking on the titles :

The Ghosts Who Waited

The Railway Phantoms