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
History of the Catholic Church

A History Of The Catholic Church

A History of the Catholic Church tells in 127 short chapters the story of one of the world’s largest religions from its roots in Jewish history to the pontificate of Benedict XVI.