James Riordan grew up during the war in his chimney-sweep grandfather's house
in Portsmouth. After school he was a barman, waiter, railway clerk, commercial
salesman, and dance band musician. During service in the RAF he learned Russian
and went on to become Professor of Russian in Bradford.
James Riordan is also a particularly gifted novelist. James' first novel Sweet
Clarinet won the NASEN Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread
Children's Book Award. Match
of Death won the South Lanarkshire Book Award and his latest novel The Gift was also shorted for the NASEN Award.
James lives near Portsmouth with his two cats, Pompey and Tilly.