Thomas Ridley is a self-published essayist of sociopolitical criticism. 

Ridley self-published his first work, Prisoners of Tradition, on 11 October 2019. The political activism and social criticism present in his work is heavily informed by his interest in liberal Enlightenment philosophy, particularly the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, key architects of the American and French Revolutions; James Madison, the principal author of the United States Constitution; the excoriating polemical writings of radicals such as Christopher Hitchens; and the socially democratic political atmosphere in which he grew up in. 

Ridley's interest in history, philosophy, politics, and the works of fiction authors such as Simon Scarrow, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George R.R. Martin, has also led him to pursue an intense passion for writing fiction, intending to author an expansive array of novels based in a hard-fantasy environment. 


Ridley was born on 10 December 1992 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England, and holds a BAHons degree in Music Technology from the University of Huddersfield. 

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