The author of this book is Piers Paul Read. Read is a Britsh Novelist, and non-fiction writer. He was born Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. He went to college at Amploeforth, which really got him into writing novels, he also went to St. John's College. He worked on different novels thorughout his college career, such as Ablaze Story of Chernobyl and Alice in Exile. He now lives in London with his family.