British writer of crime fiction. In the grip of grace pdf was born in Brighton, the son of Cornelia James, the former glovemaker to Queen Elizabeth II.
James was educated at Charterhouse School and went on to Ravensbourne Film School. For a brief period of time whilst at film school James worked as Orson Welles’ house cleaner.
Subsequently he spent several years in North America, working as a screenwriter and film producer, beginning in Canada in 1970 working first as a gofer, then writer, on the children’s television series Polka Dot Door. Today he divides his life between his country home near Brighton, Sussex and his apartment in Notting Hill, London. He also as self-confessed “petrol head”, having owned many fast cars over the years, including four Aston Martins, AMG and Brabus Mercedes, a Bentley Continental GT Speed and two classic Jaguar E-Types.
He holds an international racing licence, and has in the past competed in the Britcar series in both a Honda Accord and a former British Touring Car Championship SEAT Toledo. He currently races three historic cars, and his 1965 BMW 1800 Ti, with his co-driver Steve Soper, came 10th overall in the St Mary’s Trophy in the Goodwood Revival in 2013. James has written 35 novels, including the International best-selling crime thriller series featuring Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, which have sold 18 million copies worldwide and have given him eleven consecutive UK Sunday Times number ones, as well as number ones in Germany, France, Russia and Canada, and he is also a New York Times best-seller.
James’s books have been translated into 37 languages. In the UK and US they are published by Macmillan Publishers.