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David Downing

Tom Pugh has a First in Art history and works as a copywriter and speechwriter for a London-based public affairs firm, an international auction house and a Japanese publisher.

While researching his first novel The Devil’s Library he followed the route taken by the book’s main protagonist Matthew Longstaff’s from Moscow to western Europe.

He lives in Berlin with his wife and family.

The Devil’s Library was published by Crux in 2016 and the sequel, The Golden Cage in 2019. The Lord of the Worlds, the concluding volume of the acclaimed Longstaff trilogy was published in 2021.

Praise for Tom Pugh

‘A gripping, atmospheric debut. I couldn't put it down’. -- Eve Harris, Booker longlisted author of The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

‘Pugh's first novel is a magnificent achievement. Let us hope he returns to enthral us with another very soon.’ -- David Dickinson, author of the Powerscourt series


Europe has closed her doors to English goods. Desperate to find new markets, Queen Elizabeth’s head of intelligence sends exiled soldier Matthew Longstaff east to start negotiations with the Ottoman Empire. Accompanied by his wife Aurélie, Longstaff arrives in a city unlike any he’s known before – an absolute monarchy without an aristocracy; an Empire governed by slaves, a system powered by jihad and uniquely tolerant of religious minorities.

The city is enchanting – and Longstaff’s mission impossible. Starved of resources, he finds himself drawn into a game of piracy and blackmail. A trade agreement lies within his grasp when suddenly the stakes are raised again. A greater prize now tantalises – one with the power to change the world forever.

But time is running out. As Longstaff’s enemies pursue him relentlessly though the streets and palaces of Istanbul, it will take all his strength – and all Aurélie’s cunning – to secure his prize and escape the Lord of Worlds.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: : The Lord of Worlds, Crux Publishing, 2021; The Golden Cage, Crux Publishing, 2019; The Devil's Library, Crux Publishing, 2016.