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I was born and brought up in Birmingham, read English at Oxford, then joined the civil service, which I left in 1985.
My first published fiction was romantic serials in Woman's Realm. I started writing about the Romans with The Course of Honour, the remarkable true love story of the Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Antonia Caenis. My research into First Century Rome inspired The Silver Pigs, the first outing for Falco and Helena, which was published in 1989. Starting as a spoof using a Roman 'informer' as a classic, metropolitan private eye, the series has developed into a set of adventures in various styles which take place throughout the Roman world. Its devoted readers follow the friends and family of my hero (and his dog, Nux) as avidly as they devour the mysteries he investigates; we have lively interaction via my website.
2009 sees the publication in Britain and America of Alexandria, the nineteenth Falco novel.
The Silver Pigs won the Authors' Club Best First Novel award in 1989; I have since won the Crimewriters' Association Dagger in the Library and Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, while Falco has won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective. I have been Chair of the UK Crimewriters' Association and Honorary President of the Classical Association. (Lyndsey Davis - home page)