Michael Jecks



Michael Jecks is a prolific international novelist, with 32 titles in his highly acclaimed Templar series of historical thrillers. His books are inspired by medieval crimes and the wild territory of Dartmoor, as well as the Knights Templar. His Death Ship of Dartmouth (Headline, 2006) was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier crime novel of the year award, and his work has been celebrated by the fountain pen manufacturer, Conway Stewart, who collaborated with him to create a new pen for their detection collection.

The founder of Medieval Murderers, he has served on the committees of both the Crime Writers’ and Historical Writers’ associations. As an international speaker he has worked with the British Council in Bogotá, and at universities and festivals all over America and Europe from Anchorage to Piacenza. A passionate supporter of new writing, Michael organised the Crime Writers’ Association debut dagger and more recently has helped create the Aspara Writing Festival for aspiring authors. In 2014 he was honoured to be invited to be the international guest of honour at the Bloody Words festival in Toronto and grand marshal of the first parade in the New Orleans mardi gras.

In 2014 he published the first book in a new trilogy about the Hundred Years War, Fields of Glory (Simon & Schuster), and he is now working on a modern-day spy sequel to his Act of Vengeance (Kindle, 2013), described by Lee Child as ‘an instant classic British spy novel’.

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  • University of Exeter, 2012–2014