A talk by Phil Rickman, author.
Phil has just published his fifteenth book in the Merrily Watkins series of novels. They are a genre of their own with an Anglican vicar, Merrily, under pressure, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Suddenly there are events she can’t talk about as she and her daughter Jane find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law. Midwinter of the Spirit, televised last year to worldwide critical acclaim, was the first novel to reflect the reality of exorcism in modern Britain.
Phil Rickman is the author of the Merrily Watkins mysteries, the new John Dee series and several novels of the paranormal, including two for children under the name Thom Madley.
Born in Lancashire, he’s spent most of his adult life in Wales and the Border country, where he won a couple of awards for his work as a BBC radio and TV news reporter.
First novel, Candlenight (1991) was discovered by the novelist and fiction-editor Alice Thomas Ellis and was followed by four other stand-alone ghost stories before the Merrily Watkins series began with The Wine of Angels.
Phil lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife and editor, Carol – they met as journalists on the same paper – and a bunch of animals. He writes and presents the book programme Phil The Shelf on BBC Radio Wales.
Phil Rickman has a Website