Hookline Publishes Debut Novel by TLC Script Reader Ben Lyle

September 02, 2015 | TLC Talent

We’re pleased to share the news that TLC film script-reader Ben Lyle has had his debut novel, Terms, published by Hookline Books. Hookline takes submissions from students and graduates of MA writing courses, and puts their work before book groups and other readers. They are currently the only publisher to bring new writers and serious readers together in this way. You can find out more about them, and their publishing model, here.

Terms, by Ben Lyle:

Twelve-year-old James hates life at his hippy boarding school where lessons are optional, homework forbidden and school rules decided by democratic vote. All he wants is an academic education with proper exams. When a strict new maths teacher strides into this world of peace, love and fringed ponchos, James latches onto him as a symbol of hope. At first, Mervyn’s eccentricities seem comic but as a more tragic story unfolds, the adult James is forced to confront his own part in a grand downfall.

“A fascinating and nuanced debut by a new literary talent.”

DW Wilson

About the Author:

Ben Lyle attended a succession of eccentric institutions known as ‘free’ schools, where he couldn’t have been happier. He’s worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years, while also completing an MA in creative writing at UEA and subsequently a PhD in Film and Television. He lives in South London with his partner. Terms is his first novel and can be ordered online here.

Ben assesses scripts, screenplays and treatments for TV and film as a TLC editor. His full professional biography can be read here. If you would like to request Ben as a reader, please email with a little about you and your work.