PATRICK DILLON was born in London in 1962. Awarded a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, he instead studied architecture in London, and qualified as an architect in 1987. His two crime novels, Truth and Lies, were published by Penguin in 1996 and 1997.
In 2002 he combined long-standing interests in history and London with his acclaimed study of the Eighteenth-Century Gin Craze, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, published by Headline. Based on lengthy research into original archives, court records and newspapers, Madam Geneva painted a vivid picture of crime, politics and social upheaval in Hogarths London. It appeared in the USA in 2003.
In 2005 he followed Madam Geneva with The Last Revolution, published by Jonathan Cape. The Last Revolution was a wide-ranging study of the Glorious Revolution and its aftermath, placing political upheaval in its broader social, economic and intellectual context and drawing on the vivid testimony of letters, diaries and contemporary documents.
His most recent book, published by Walker Books in 2010, is The Story of Britain, a single volume history of Britain for young people. The Story of Britain tells history through its stories, from Alfred burning the cakes through to the Blitz, and weaves them together into a complete chronological narrative of the people of Britain and Ireland. An American edition by Candlewick will follow in 2011.
Patricks next book, also for Walker, will be The Story of Buildings, a history of buildings and architecture in collaboration with the artist Stephen Biesty.