Thanks to the popular series of novels featuring the detective from New Scotland Yard Thomas Lynley and his colleague Barbara Havers, Elizabeth George has established itself as one of the most famous crime writers on the planet, to the point of being hailed as «the undisputed queen of mystery» ("Entertainment Weekly"). A graduate of English Literature from the University of California, she taught creative writing at schools, colleges and universities. She published her first book "A Great Deliverance" with Bantam Books in 1988. A noir set in England, it soon became a milestone in crime fiction, winning the Agatha Prize and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. This was followed by numerous other bestsellers which topped the "New York Times" lists, translated into thirty languages and adapted, between 2001 and 2008, into the successful BBC series "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries". In addition to the novels which have made her famous, George has also written a young adult series set in Washington State, where she usually resides, ("The Edge of the Water: Saratoga Woods", as yet unreleased in Italy), a non-fiction work on writing ("Write Away") and two short story collections. She is head of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which gives out awards to poets, playwrights and novelists.
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