Ben Jeapes

Ben Jeapes

Author and ghostwriter
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Adventure, Biography, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical fiction, Memoir, Science, Science fiction, Technology

Book types

Fiction for adults, Non-fiction for children, Young Adult


I'm experienced in giving talks and workshops to schools on plotting and structuring fiction, and also more genre-specific topics like "How to design an alien". I'm Oxfordshire based but have car, will travel. That's the point of the car after all.

I aimed at being an adult science fiction writer and accidentally became a YA one instead; I aimed at a career in publishing and accidentally ended up in technical communications; and then to cap it all I accidentally started earning a living as a ghostwriter, which let me chuck in the day job. No idea how that happened at all. So:

– My biography of Ada Lovelace came out in October 2019.

– I have had I have had 5 novels published professionally by Scholastic, Random House and Solaris.

– I have self-published The Ted Gorse Adventures, contemporary fantasy for readers from YA+, and H.M.S. Barabbas, the first of the Further Adventures of Jim Hawkins. I have also republished some of my previously professionally published novels to keep them in print and available, so it's all a good old eclectic mix. 

– Most of my professionally published short stories are available in one self-published collection.

As a ghostwriter, I've written adventure series for children and teenagers, under celebrity names which you would certainly recognise, and biography.

But don't just take my word for it:

“Working with Ben was a humbling and poignant time. After a 4-year journey of collating my life story into a transcript, he got hold of it and did what he does best – produced a fantastic piece of work. Ben is excellent at what he does and great to work with.” – Allen Langham, author, Taming of a Villain: A Message of Hope, Lion Hudson, 2019.

“Ben Jeapes is a real pleasure to work with. Having worked with him both as a fiction and non-fiction author, I can say that he’s professional, timely and always insightful when it comes to the needs of the text.” – Jon Oliver, Senior Commissioning Editor, Lion Hudson.

“Ben was a complete pleasure to work with. Professional, responsive, always on time, his contribution and writing for every project was great.” – Philippa Milnes-Smith, Managing Director, LAW Literary Agency.



Books by Ben Jeapes

I have eight novels published under my own name, either professionally, self-published, or republished having been previously professionally published. Easy. I have also ghostwritten several series for young adults and children on behalf of various celebrity writers.

Ada Lovelace

Meet ADA LOVELACE, fast-thinking mathematician, who predicted the power of computers long before they were even invented. Find out: - Why her mum kept her away from her mega-famous celebrity dad - Why she was mesmerised by mesmerism - And what she planned to do with a MASSIVE machine that weighed four tons and had 20,000 moving parts. 

Phoenicia's Worlds

La Nueva Temporada is Earth’s only extrasolar colony – an Earth-type planet caught in the grip of a very Earth-type Ice Age. Alex Mateo wants nothing more than to stay and contribute to the terraforming of his homeworld. But tragedy strikes the colony, and to save it from starvation and collapse, Alex must reluctantly entrust himself to the Phoenicia, the only starship in existence, to make the long slower-than-light journey back to Earth. But it is his brother Quin, who loathes La Nueva Temporada and all the people on it, who must watch his world collapse around him and become its saviour…while everyone watches the skies for the return of the Phoenicia. 

The New World Order

Only the completely original and unalloyed Jeapesian imagination could think of launching a full-scale alien invasion right into the middle of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army, as well as a young King Charles II, face the full might of the powerful Holekhors as alien airships fly in the skies over seventeenth century London. This is an extraordinary and thrilling novel, entirely original, and based in one of the most interesting periods of English history. Read about what MIGHT have happened in the seventeenth century - life could have been very different for us all- 

Time's Chariot

Welcome to the universe of Time’s Chariot (a.k.a. Wingèd Chariot) by Ben Jeapes: a story of murder, conspiracy, time travel and philosophy. 5000 BC: a man from the far future falls to his death from his villa in the Himalayas. 1029 AD: a time travelling correspondent arrives in Isfahan, Persia. 2000 years later: no matter how hard he tries to stay out of trouble, trouble keeps finding Rico Garron. 

His Majesty’s Starship

Michael Gilmore, Captain of the HMSS Ark Royal is part of Earth’s first interstellar delegation to visit an alien planet. His passengers are an ill-tempered prince and an inscrutable quadruped alien. His First Officer is on the brink of mutiny, the ship’s A.I. seems to have turned renegade, and the neighbouring vessel harbours a genocidal maniac. What should be an prestigious honour is turning into a treacherous journey whose true purpose has yet to be revealed by their mysterious alien hosts… 

H.M.S. Barabbas

Jim Hawkins vowed he would never return to Treasure Island. And he never did. Instead of the treasure and adventure that Jim had dreamt of, he witnessed murder and betrayal, and learnt the hard way that sometimes good men must deal with the devil. He also returned with one small lie on his conscience that has shaped his life ever since. Four years later, determined to put his wealth to good use and old enough to make his own way in the world, Jim wants to travel to London and study medicine, following in the footsteps of his mentor Dr Livesey. But fate and the press gang have other ideas. His reputation goes before him, thanks to the bragging memoir he wrote of the Treasure Island expedition. Jim’s past catches up with him, along with friends and enemies that he never knew he had, on board the most mysterious and terrible of all His Majesty’s ships of war: H.M.S. Barabbas. 

The Xenocide Mission

Lieutenant Joel Gilmore is part of a multi-species observation team on a hidden base in a distant solar system, when they find themselves under attack by the very aliens they were meant to be watching. Joel and his allies, the enigmatic Rusties, must explore the parameters of trust in a lethal confrontation with a deeply alien third species: one with a proven predilection for xenocide on a planetary scale. Meanwhile the humans and the Rusties rush to their rescue – but as it turns out, are they any better? 

The Teen, the Witch & the Thief

On Ted’s first day at work he sees an apparition in Salisbury’s Old George Mall. This is not a good start. The job is meant to keep him out of trouble … His parents have left him in charge of home and the cat for a week. His brother has been catatonic in the hospice for the last four years and he has a final warning from the police hanging over his head. Ted just wants to keep his head down, get a girlfriend, be a good human being, and become a software millionaire, not necessarily in that order. The Thief and the Witch, who wield forces that have shaped his life since before he was born, have other ideas. For them, Ted is the key to destroying the world, or to saving it. 

The Comeback of the King

It is the week before Christmas, and Ted’s life is back on course after the events of the summer. Personal loss, the brief ability to command world-destroying magical powers, and a showdown with the mad magician who had shaped his life are behind him. And then the King appears in Salisbury. Who is the King? No one seems to know, but he rules the city, and the city is happy to be ruled. Even Ted’s nearest and dearest are under his spell. It seems the only person able to disobey him is Ted himself. The King wants Ted, and he doesn’t wish him well.