Simon Kernick is an international best-selling novelist. He was born in 1966 in Slough, Berkshire. After leaving school in the mid-1980s he worked in a variety of jobs and spent several years living and travelling in Canada, the USA and Australia.
On his return to the UK, Kernick enrolled on a Humanities BA(Hons) course at the then, Brighton Polytechnic. He graduated in the middle of a recession in 1991 and found work as a computer software salesman and, despite his “best efforts, remained one for the rest of the 1990s.” He had always wanted to write, so wrote two crime books in his spare time. Despite early rejections from publishers he persevered, embarking on The Business of Dying, the story of a London detective who moonlights as a hitman, which he completed in early 2001.
The book was released in July 2002, to much critical acclaim, with The Guardian describing it as “a gem”, and The Independent hailing it as “the crime debut of the year”. In the USA, it was shortlisted for the prestigious Barry Award for best British novel, and has since been translated into 15 languages, including Japanese, Greek and Russian. Kernick has since gone from strength to strength.
His research for the books involves him talking both on and off the record (but usually off) with a number of contacts in the police and security services, including Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist branch, and SOCA (the Serious and Organized Crime Agency), and he believes that it is their input that gives the books their authenticity.
And has now published 13 books, his most recent being Seige in 2012. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters.