|About The Author|
In Her Own Words
I'm a real Londoner, born and brought up in Shepherd's Bush, the area I write about in the Bill Slider mysteries. When I was a child it was a very grimy working-class place, but now I'm amused to discover it has become quite fashionable and smart. It was always a good place to live, with a strong sense of community, so when I wrote my first detective novel it
seemed natural to set it there.
One of my childhood memories is of the furore caused by the Christie murders. Christie lived - and killed - about half a mile from my home and
just round the corner from my auntie's house, so, in the way of children, I felt somehow personally connected to the case. The shock of the whole
business, and later Ludovic Kennedy's 1961 book, 10 RILLINGTON PLACE,
about the miscarriage of justice it uncovered, were what first aroused my interest in the field of crime detection.
But though ORCHESTRATED DEATH was my first mystery, it wasn't my first
book. I wrote stories from a very early age, finished my first novel when I was ten, and finally got into print in 1972 with THE WAITING GAME, which won the Young Writer's Award. After that I wrote in my spare time while continuing to hold down a variety of jobs; it was not until 1979 that I was
able to become a full-time writer, when I was offered the contract for the DYNASTY SERIES, a family saga spanning British history from the Middle Ages onward. Dynasty now runs to 22 volumes.
Bill Slider made his first appearance in 1991, and there are now seven titles in the series, with the eighth currently on the stocks. He has made friends all over the world, especially in America, and is presently being translated into a variety of languages. The series is also available on
unabridged audio cassette from Soundings - perfect for long car journeys or marathon ironing sessions.
This year, 1999, I celebrate the publication of my 50th book, REAL LIFE, a collection of rather bizarre short stories.
The Bill Slider Omnibus
first 3 Slider titles (Bill Slider)
Warner Pbk Dec 99
Warner Pbk 1997
(GRAVE MUSIC in the USA) (Bill Slider)
(DEATH TO GO in the USA) (Bill Slider)
N.B. dates and publishers in dark red indicate British First Editions. Dates and publishers in black indicate recent reprints.