RJ Ellory, a pupil of Kingham Hill from 1979 to 1981, is the author of twelve novels, the most recent entitled Carnival of Shadows. Candlemoth, his first-published, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger, as was his fourth, City of Lies, in 2006. His fifth novel, A Quiet Belief In Angels was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2007, and went on to win the Livre De Poche Award, The Strand Magazine Novel of The Year, The Mystery Booksellers of America Award, the USA National Indie Excellence Award for Best Mystery and the Inaugural Nouvel Observateur Prize. A Quiet Vendetta won the Quebec Laureat, the Villeneuve Readers' Prize and the St. Maur Prize. A Simple Act of Violence, Ellory's sixth novel won the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year 2010.
He has been nominated for a further thirteen international awards including two Barrys, the Association 813 Trophy, and the Europeen Du Point. He has also written the screenplay of A Quiet Belief In Angels for Oscar-winning director, Olivier Dahan, and has optioned A Dark and Broken Heart for film. His novella Three Days in Chicagoland is being released as a French graphic novel at the end of 2014, and he has published short stories in numerous British and American magazines. His novels are currently available in twenty-six languages. Ellory is also the guitar player in Zero Navigator, and is soon to record an album of songs co-written with Martin Smith of ELO in a project entitled The Whiskey Poets. He was born in Birmingham, U.K., and continues to make this his home with his long-suffering wife, idiosyncratic son and two troublesome cats.
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