was born in Cambridge, the son of a British intelligence officer and an industrial chemist. He studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge and then worked as a business journalist and magazine editor for nine years.
Between 1993 and 2001 he co-authored six novels under the joint pseudonym Patrick Lynch, selling well over a million copies worldwide.
His first solo novel, Zoia's Gold, was published in 2005. To date his work has been translated into eighteen foreign languages.
He lives in London with his German wife, Uta, and their son, Leo.