Simon Rae

Simon Rae’s award-winning W. G. Grace: A Life was hailed as ‘definitive’ on its publication in 1998. It was followed by  It’s Not Cricket: A History of Skulduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright Cheating in the Noble Game (2001). He has also edited a number of anthologies; presented Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please!’ for five years, and wrote topical poems for the Guardian for ten years. He published two selections of Guardian poems, Soft Targets, with Willie Rushton, and Rapid Response, as well The Face of War, with Ronald Searle. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1998, and his collection Gift Horses (2006) was one of Craig Raine’s books of the year in the TLS. For many years he ran the UK’s smallest theatre company, Top Edge Productions, and now writes crime fiction for adults (Bodyline, The Pillbox Murders) and fantasy for younger readers (Keras, Medusa’s Butterfly). He has recently completed two years as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.  

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