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William Ryan

Novelist, Non-fiction writer
Brunel University London

William Ryan is the author of five novels, including the Captain Korolev series set in 1930s Moscow. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Irish Fiction award, the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and the Crime Writers’ Association’s Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers. His latest novel, A House of Ghosts, set in 1917, was described as ‘an atmospheric, hugely entertaining mystery that offers all the pleasures of a classic ghost story — with an appealing dash of romance’. His next novel, The Winter Guest, will be published in late 2021.

William has also taught Creative Writing at City, University of London and the University of East Anglia, as well as teaching regular courses for Writers & Artists and the Irish Writers Centre. He is the author, with Matthew Hall, of Writing Crime Fiction and his Guide to How to Write: how to plan, structure and write your novel was published by Writers & Artists in May 2021.

Prior to taking up writing full time, William was a lawyer in the City for several multinational banks and finished his legal career as a Director and head of the Structured Products Legal Department of Deutsche Bank AG. He then worked for Global Eco Rescue as a vice president and advisor on environmental and climate change investments.

William Ryan


Brunel University London 2021/22
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