In Sparta, a city that masks age-old secrets and private enmities, a close-knit group are excavating. They are a potent and seductive mix: Natsuko, beautiful and mysterious; Jason, restless and menacing; Eberhard, commanding, aloof and fiercely intelligent. When Ben, lost and aimless, comes to Greece to escape private failures, he is inevitably drawn to them, thrilled by the idea of acceptance and excited by the dangerous games they play. But there is more to the group than Ben understands and he finds out too late that some things should remain hidden. He must decide where his loyalties lie - before the decision is taken for him. Powerful and gripping, "The Hidden" is a novel of the secrets we keep, the ties that bind us and the true cost of following our desires.
Tobias Hill was born in London. In 2003 the TLS nominated him as one the best young writers in Britain: in 2004 he was selected as one of the country's Next Generation poets and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His collection of stories, Skin, won the Pen-Macmillan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. The Cryptographer, his third novel, led AS Byatt to observe that 'Hill is one of the two or three most original and interesting young novelists working in Britain today.' His fourth novel, The Hidden, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.