Adrian Mathews was born in London in 1957 to a Czech mother and English father, the oldest of four children. At various points in his life he has worked as an assistant in a DIY store, a farm hand and a journalist. He read English literature at Cambridge University, graduating with a double first, and remained there as a Bye-Fellow before moving to France to work as a lecturer in French universities and for many years at the University of London in Paris. Subsequently he worked as English-language advisor at the French Prime Minister’s office Centre for Strategic Analysis, the government’s policy-defining unit. He has also worked as a translator, a voice actor and Senior Editor for an international initiative to promote innovation in education.
A former winner in the UK National Poetry Competition, his poetry has appeared in various publications. He has also published numerous short stories, receiving early encouragement from one of his favourite writers, Laurie Lee. In 1994 his critical history of 19th-century English literature, Romantics and Victorians, was published in France. His first novel, The Hat of Victor Noir (1996), is a Paris mystery set in and around the Père Lachaise cemetery. Vienna Blood (1999), a futuristic thriller against the backdrop of Vienna, won the Crime Writer’s Association Silver Dagger Award. The Apothecary’s House (2005), centred on the restitution of artworks stolen by the Nazis in modern Amsterdam, was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming “Best Thriller of the Year Award”. His novels have been translated into eight languages.
Adrian Mathews is presently working on a new novel and short stories in English and French. He is married to Geraldine, has a daughter, Lizzie, and lives and works in rural Touraine. His other interests include photography, video-making, cinema, djembe, reading, painting, cycling and hiking. A selection of his photographs and watercolours can be viewed on this site. He is a keen cook and has co-managed a restaurant with his wife where he was also the chef.