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Toby Venables

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Toby Venables is a novelist, screenwriter and lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He grew up watching old Universal horror movies when his parents thought he was asleep, reading 2000 AD and obsessing about Beowulf. There was probably a bit more to it, but he can't quite remember what it was.

He has since worked as a journalist and magazine editor—launching magazines in Cambridge, Peterborough, Oxford and Bristol—and once orchestrated an elaborate Halloween hoax for which he built and photographed a werewolf. He still works as a freelance copywriter, has been the recipient of a radio advertising award, and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize (both possibly due to typing errors).

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Hunter of Sherwood by Toby Venables
"Anyone expecting a throwaway adventure whose sole selling point is the twist of making Guy of Gisburne the hero and Robin Hood the villain will find themselves either disappointed or very pleasantly surprised by Knight of Shadows, the first in Tob..." Read more of this review »
Hunter of Sherwood by Toby Venables
" Great news! You can now go out and buy the THIRD volume...

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Hood by Toby Venables
"Absolutely Brilliant!

I must admit to being enthralled by Venables' Guy of Gisburne novels. He's taken the legend of Robin Hood and turned it on its head. At every step! So what is the truth? I've read so many versions and watched so many movies. I..." Read more of this review »
Hood by Toby Venables
"I've really enjoyed these books.
This, the final episode is every bit as well written as it's predecessors.
I've particularly enjoyed the fresh takes on established tropes in the Robin Hood legends, the occasional 'steam-punk' touches and the gener..." Read more of this review »
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