Piers Paul Read is the author of works of fiction, reportage, history, biography and journalism. He is best known for Alive. The Story of the Andes Survivors published in 1974 but has won a number of literary awards for his novels.

Recent work


Scarpia. Bloomsbury, 2015

“Piers Paul Read is one of England’s most accomplished novelists, and Scarpia is among his finest novels.”
Allan Massie, Wall Street Journal

The Dreyfus Affair. The Story of the Most Infamous Miscarriage of Justice in French History.
Bloomsbury, London, 2012.

“In his new book, Piers Paul Read admirably demonstrates why we still find the subject fascinating more than a century after it was resolved.”
Keith Lowe, Daily Telegraph