Phil Rickman was born in Lancashire. He has spent most of his adult life in Wales and the Border country, where he won a couple of awards for his work as a BBC radio and TV news reporter.
His first novel, Candlenight (1991) was discovered by the novelist and fiction-editor
Alice Thomas Ellis. He followed it with four other stand-alone ghost stories before the Merrily Watkins series began with The Wine of Angels.
Phil lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife, Carol – they met as journalists on the same paper .. He writes and presents the book programme Phil The Shelf on BBC Radio Wales.
Lynne: In another life you were a news journalist, and you also front a (mostly) serious book programme, Phil the Shelf, for BBC Radio Wales. Journalism, at least the respectable kind, is a different kettle of fish from fiction: a different kind of writing, requiring different techniques. How do you keep the two things separate?
Phil Rickman’s latest novel is not a Merrily Watkins. Night After Night is set in and around a reputedly haunted Tudor mansion which has been taken over by a TV production company for a new twist on the Big Brother concept. As Phil says in the acknowledgements, he didn’t have to make much up...
The Bones of Avalon