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Meet the author, Nathan Parker

Meet the author, Nathan Parker

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This broadcast features author Nathan Parker, of the popular book The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2019.

Age Range: 15+  (Young Adult) Subject: Crime & Thriller  

About the book – The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson 

If you were searching for answers about the mysterious disappearance of your father, but were warned that pulling at that thread would put you in grave danger… would you pull at it anyway?

A turbulent seaside town holds a dark secret. Terror reigns in the form of drug king pin, Smiler, whose core business is to exploit the vulnerable. Hope is all but non existent.

Tommy Dawson has believed for most of his life that his dad, Timothy, ran out on him when he was just two years old, leaving him to grow up in survival mode with his mum and brother, who had become more focussed on their drug habits than his welfare.

That’s until information comes to light which suggests that his dad’s disappearance isn’t all it seems.

Tommy and his trusted sidekick, Kirsten, embark upon a quest to uncover the truth, taking them to the darkest corners of Granville and uncovering shocking secrets that will reveal the town’s disturbing underbelly.

The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson is a Young Adult fiction, with dark themes that expose sinister secrets. It takes place in a poor, forgotten seaside town in the north of England, called Granville-upon-sea, a place that was once glorious is now rife with drugs and poverty.
The story is a coming of age mystery, following the journey of Tommy, a likeable chap that’s been dealt an unfair hand in life. His mum and brother are addicts and he is left for the most part to fend for himself. The mystery of his father’s whereabouts hadn’t bothered him at all until, bit by bit, information surfaces suggesting maybe his dad didn’t just leave them after all. As the story unfurls, the plot takes a dark turn and Tommy, along with his friends, must face evil head on in order to expose the truth.


“A gritty mystery that’ll knock your socks off! Kept me guessing until the very end.”

“More twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride, the inherent danger keeps you wanting more!”

“Gripping, intense, sinister and mystifying!”


This book is perfect for fans who are interested in Crime and Thriller stories.


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Broadcast Length: 20 Minutes

  • Nathan Parker


    Nathan Parker was born and raised in Blackpool, England. His career has been spent working with young people across schools and the community, specialising in substance misuse and resilience. He has a first class BA Hons degree in Youth Work and Community Development.

    Nathan’s writing combines real life grit and adversity into thrilling plot lines with authentic characters who you can’t help but build a connection with. His writing has many influences, including personal and  professional experiences. He enjoys working alongside students and teachers during author visits to schools to help bring realism to fiction and work towards reading and writing being things that are accessible to all

    The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson was shortlisted for Lancashire Book of the Year 2019.

    Nathan is currently working on the second book in the series and he is enjoying working alongside schools, delivering talks and workshops to students looking at motivating the next generation to pick up a pen, or a book and allow their minds to wander. is operated by Learn Live Limited registered in England under company number 08812253, whose registered address is Eaton Ave, Matrix Park, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, PR7 7NA

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