For almost 40 years Leslie Thomas has been one of Britain’s most popular novelists, a best-seller with thirty titles to his name and international sales figures exceeding fourteen million.

New Leslie Thomas Novel -
'Dover Beach'


Published 2005.
Paperback edition published July 2006.
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He was born of a seafaring family in Newport, Gwent, South Wales, on March 22nd, 1931. His grandfather was one of the old Cape-Horners, who voyaged on sailing ships around the dreaded Horn. He is said to have left the sea because he objected to his shipmates' bad language. Thomas's father was drowned when his ship was torpedoed in 1943, and his mother died six months later. He and his younger brother, Roy found themselves in a Dr. Barnardo's Home, an experience evoked years later in his first book ‘This Time Next Week’ (Constable 1964). This book remains in print and is used as a set book for schools. He is now a Vice-President of Barnardo’s.

Experience as a National Serviceman resulted in his first novel, the best-selling ‘The Virgin Soldiers’ which has been published all over the world and was made into a successful film produced by Carl Foreman. (Thomas' entry in ‘Who's Who’ encapsulates his army career: “1949-51. Rose to Lance-Corporal.”)

Thomas was a widely-travelled newspaperman, covering Royal tours, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and many other notable events. After the publication of ‘The Virgin Soldiers’ he became a full-time writer and has now produced thirty-one novels and three travel books – ‘Some Lovely Islands’, My World of Islands’ and ‘The Hidden Places of Britain’. He has also written a second volume of autobiography, ‘In My Wildest Dreams’.

His novels include "The Dangerous Davies Detective Series" which have been adapted on a television series. His latest novel:"Soldiers and Lovers" is published by Heinemann and by Arrow in paperback.

Thomas made his first broadcast thirty-seven years ago, and since then has made many more. On television he appeared in documentaries and talk-shows. Among these has been ‘Parkinson’, ‘This is Your Life’, ‘Wogan’ and ‘Through The Keyhole’.

He continues to travel widely. His interests are classical music, non-fiction reading, antiques, cricket, stamp collecting, photography and islands.

Leslie Thomas has received an Honorary MA Degree from the University of Wales and an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Nottingham. He was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours list of 2005.

Thomas has three grown-up children from his first marriage and one – a son Matthew – from his second. His wife Diana Thomas is his business manager. They live in Wiltshire.


New Leslie Thomas Novel -
'Dover Beach'


Published 2005.
Paperback edition published July 2006.
click here for more information