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Piers Paul Read, the son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, is the author of 13 novels and several short stories. He has received the Thomas More medal for distinguished contribution to Catholic literature for his book Alive. Read currently lives in London with his wife and four children.

Novelist and playwright Piers Paul Read was born in Beaconsfield on 7 March 1941. He was educated at Ampleforth College and St John's College, Cambridge, where he read History.

He was Artist in Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin (1963-4), Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York (1967-8), a member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1971-5), a member of the Literature Panel at the Arts Council, (1975-7), and Adjunct Professor of Writing, Columbia University, New York (1980). From 1992-7 he was Chairman of the Catholic Writers' Guild.

His first novel, Game in Heaven with Tussy Marx, was published in 1966. His second novel, The Junkers (1968), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Monk Dawson (1969), won the Hawthornden Prize. More recent novels include The Free Frenchman (1986), set in France during the Second World War; A Season in the West (1988); On the Third Day (1990) and A Patriot in Berlin (1995), a political thriller. Alice in Exile (2001), is the story of a young Englishwoman caught up in the Russian Revolution. His latest book is The Death of a Pope (2009).

Piers Paul Read has also written a number of television plays, and several of his novels have been filmed for cinema and television. He lives in London.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  May 2009 NY: Ignatius Press  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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