The Sleep Of The Dead

The Sleep Of The Dead


'Elegant, spooky and a compulsive page turner.' - Daily Mail

Julia Havilland had a loving family, a peaceful upbringing and not a worry in the work, until two events shattered her golden childhood: Julia stumbles across the brutally murdered body of neighbour Sarah Ford, and her father is soon after killed in action in the Falklands.

Fifteen years later, Julia returns to England for the first time, ordered to come home while an enquiry is undertaken that may be the end of a spectacular career in military intelligence. But the ghosts of her past are ready and waiting to haunt her.

Praise for Tom Bradby:

'Quite exceptional...Tom Bradby succeeds in creating real characters. Far too many novels take refuge in cliché and caricature - Bradby refuses to. The language, the tension, the fear - all are portrayed vividly and correctly...A taut, compelling story of love and torn loyalties' - Daily Telegraph

'A remarkable first novel...Bradby handles the tension with skill to produce a gripping tale.' - The Times

'The best book on the northern conflict since Harry's Game...An excellent read on any level. It scores heavily as a thriller and as an accurate unblinking look at what is happening right now.' - Irish Independent

Don't miss Tom Bradby's upcoming novel, Double Agent, out in May 2020.


  • 'Intriguing and emotive, this is a slow builder that proves to be well worth the wait'
    The Mirror

About the author

Tom Bradby

TOM BRADBY is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. He has written nine previous novels, including top-ten bestselling Secret Service, and its two sequels, Double Agent and Triple Cross. The Master of Rain was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger for Thriller of the Year, and both The White Russian and The God of Chaos for the CWA Historical Crime Novel of the Year. He adapted his first novel, Shadow Dancer, into a film, the script for which was nominated for Screenplay of the Year in the Evening Standard Film Awards.

As a broadcaster, he is best known as the current Anchor of ITV's News at Ten. In his first year in the job he was named Network Presenter of the Year by the Royal Television Society. He has been with ITN for thirty years and was successively Ireland Correspondent, Political Correspondent, Asia Correspondent (during which time he was shot and seriously injured whilst Covering a riot in Jakarta), Royal Correspondent, UK Editor and Political Editor- a job he held for a decade - before being made the Anchor of News at Ten in 2015.
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