Edward Rutherfurd is a pen name for Francis Edward Wintle (born 1948 in Salisbury, England) known primarily as a writer of epic historical novels. His debut novel Sarum set the pattern for his work with a ten-thousand year storyline.
Educated locally and at the University of Cambridge and Stanford Business School, where he was a Sloan scholar, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983 and returned to his childhood home to write Sarum, a historical novel with a ten-thousand year story, set in the area around the ancient monument of Stonehenge and Salisbury.
Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international best-seller, remaining for 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Since then he has written seven more best-sellers: Russka, a novel of Russia; London; The Forest, set in England's New Forest which lies close by Sarum, and two novels, Dublin: Foundation (The Princes of Ireland) and Ireland: Awakening (The Rebels of Ireland), which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century, New York and his latest Paris...
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