A. L. Berridge worked as a teacher, a script editor, and a television producer before finally settling down as a full-time novelist. She inherited her love of history from her father, writer and Victorian specialist David Newsome, but her own passion is for military adventure, and the character and relationships of men at war. She is published by Penguin.
Her first novel, the epic HONOUR AND THE SWORD, was published in April 2010 and became an instant Sunday Times Bestseller. Set during the Thirty Years War, it follows the adventures of André, the young Chevalier de Roland, as he fights to survive the 1636 Spanish invasion of Picardy.
It sequel, IN THE NAME OF THE KING, is the second in the ‘Chevalier’ series and came out in August 2011. This time the idealistic de Roland is caught in the crossfire of political intrigue, and has to deal with the 1642 conspiracy of Cinq-Mars before a final bloody showdown at the Battle of Rocroi.
Her latest novel marks the start of a second series, featuring Victorian military hero Harry Ryder. ‘INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH’ is set in the Crimean War and follows the adventures of four friends through the horrors of Alma and Inkerman as well as exploring the real-life mystery behind the Charge of the Light Brigade. It was published in May 2012, and its sequel is expected in 2013.