A. J. Hartley
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A. J. Hartley

Welcome to my Amazon home!

Everyone always tells writers that the best way to be successful is to choose what kind of book you most like to write and then produce lots of them. "Branding,:" they call it, and it's good advice. The surest way to build a fan base is to write books in the same genre, perhaps even with the same recurring character as your hero.

It won't take you long poking around my offerings on Amazon to see that I haven't taken this advice. I write the kinds of books I like to read, and because my reading tastes are eclectic, my writing is all over the place.

I write mystery/thrillers (often with an archaeological bent such as my Deborah Miller or Thomas Knight books), fantasy adventures of the swords and sorcery variety (albeit from the slightly unusual perspective of a smart-mouthed young actor called Will Hawthorne), historical fiction (such as my adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth), and my Darwen Arkwright series for younger readers (or young at heart readers). It may not make marketing sense, but I write the stories I feel like I have to tell. I have, alas, no brand, though I'd love to be able to live by the slogan "Fun books for smart people" :)

I was born in England, near Manchester, and have lived in many places including Japan. I'm a Shakespeare Professor at UNC Charlotte, and though my Ph.D. was in literature I specialize in performance history and theory. You can reach me through my website, facebook and twitter. I'm always delighted to hear what people think of my work. Enjoy!

AJH

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Best Sellers

    • Chasing Shadows

    • Sekret Machines Series, Book 1
    • By: Tom DeLonge, A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
    • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 607
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606

    The witnesses are legion, scattered across the world and dotted through history, people who looked up and saw something impossible lighting up the night sky....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brings it ALL together.

    • By Matthew on 02-07-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something Rotten in Denmark...

    • By Carole T. on 08-23-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Macbeth: A Novel

    • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,040
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,681

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator choice inspired

    • By Beverly on 07-10-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Act of Will

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, A. J. Hartley - introduction
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Will Hawthorne is a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enter a popular new anti hero?

    • By Hilary on 11-28-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Steeplejack

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Steeplejack Audio Climbs the Tops of Storytelling

    • By Kerra Bolton on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tears of the Jaguar

    • A Novel
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 415
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 413

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure

    • By S.Edwards on 05-16-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • On the Fifth Day

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The mysterious death of a Catholic priest has been met with suspicion by his brother, Thomas Knight - and the grave silence of church authorities....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Collapse of "Willing Suspension of Disbelief"

    • By Anniebligh on 10-26-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Firebrand

    • A Steeplejack Novel
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Delightful Sequel

    • By Keri Owen on 08-12-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Will Power

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, A. J. Hartley - introduction
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    While on the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none of them recognize or know how to get home from....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Join the Will Hawthorne fan club...........

    • By Hilary on 12-15-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Mask of Atreus

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    An obscure museum's dead proprietor lies in a secret room surrounded by one of the world's most astonishing collections of Greek antiquities....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • See if you can spot the "twist" (Hint: You can!)

    • By Martin on 10-09-12

    Regular price: $24.95

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