David Roy

David Roy was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1965. After a number of years in the army he left a life in uniform to read for a degree, ultimately qualifying as a secondary school teacher.

 

He is the author of many books, the first written in 1994 as an account of his service in the first Gulf War. His book 'The Lost Man', the first of his Ted Dexter adventures, featured on ITV's 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show' where it was shortlisted in the 'People's Novelist' competition.

 

As well as being a soldier, David has been a dishwasher, a teacher, a civil servant, a security guard, a welfare assistant and an ambulance crew member. He is married and now lives in the north of England with his wife and two daughters. 

Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold was born in Corby in the East Midlands in the 1960s. Destined for the town’s steelworks, Bill joined the army to escape the drudgery of life in a down-at-heel British town.

 

His few short years in the infantry were set against the backdrop of Soviet invasion of Germany and nuclear war, but they were defined by his tour of Northern Ireland, the only British military conflict of the time. Bill now lives a moderately peaceful life in Wiltshire with his wife and a dog called Spangles.

Olivia Reynolds

Originally from Oxford, Olivia Reynolds was born into a liberal academic family with expectations that she would never actually work for a living. Rebellious as a teenager, she avoided university by moving to bedsit land in west London at just 18 years of age, and immersed herself fully into 1980s hedonism.

 

After years of partying she eventually settled down to a life of freelance journalism, and now lives on a farm in Lincolnshire with her dogs and guard geese.