Christian Darkin is a writer and animator working in South East London.
He has written 15 books, ranging from a picture book introducing very young children to the concept of evolution right up to novels for young adults and factual books.
He has also written for radio, TV and the theatre (two Edinburgh Fringe shows, sketches for radio comedy and a ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off starring the 6th Doctor) as well as journalistic articles for magazines and newspapers.
As an animator, he has created special effects for movies, worked on video games and produced graphics for an entire series on CBeebies.
Christian has also resurrected dinosaurs for museum displays and built spaceships for movies.
His first novel, ‘The Skull’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2013.
‘It seemed as though a dragon, for it could be nothing else, had reared out of the ground in the night . . . and then been turned to stone by the first rays of the dawn sun.’
Starting with the living beast – the Megalosaurus herself – over 144 million years ago, ‘The Skull’ follows the Marchant family from generation to generation, exploring key moments in history which are shaped by radical philosophical and scientific change.
Whether feeding in a frenzy, seen as evidence of the devil, being kept as a token of scientific heritage or used as an easy way to make a quick buck, the Megalosaurus skull continues to change lives over millennia, long after her untimely demise.
‘The Skull’ by Christian Darkin, available in the library.