British author, journalist, and BBC reporter who became known for his best-selling historical novel, Fatherland. The work is a thriller set during World War II.
He was inspired to become a writer by childhood visits to the printing press where his father worked. Later, he attended Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he edited a student newspaper.
His 1992 career-launching work, Fatherland, tells the story of a world in which Nazi Germany won World War II.
He married fellow author Gill Hornby. The couple had four children.
His brother-in-law, Nick Hornby, also became a popular novelist.