William Coles

Bill (William) Coles is a British journalist, lecturer, author, and writer of murder mysteries. He wrote ten novels on subjects ranging from the atomic bombs of World War II to the most enduring murder mystery of the 20th Century: the Lord Lucan scandal. Coles is probably best known for being a reformed Tabloid reporter.

William Coles has been a journalist for 25 years and was the New York Correspondent, Political Correspondent, and Royal Reporter on The Sun.

He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Mail, The Scotsman, and Prima Baby Magazine. For the past five years, he has been a tabloid consultant with South Africa’s biggest newspaper group, Media 24, as well as The Herald Group in Glasgow and DC Thomson in Dundee.

In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Bill has authored several novels, finally discovering a theme that resonates with his passions. His current undertaking involves an ambitious series of love stories, with four books published.

Among his notable releases is The Woman Who Was The Desert Dream (2013), a poignant love story set amidst the challenging Marathon Des Sables race in the Sahara. Coles envisions composing at least another dozen stories within this series before concluding his literary journey.

His previous novels showcase his diverse writing abilities, ranging from historical fiction to satire and even horror. Coles has also undertaken the unique task of editing the handwritten memoirs of Britain's most sought-after fugitive, The Seventh Earl of Lucan. The novel Lord Lucan: My Story was published by Legend Press in 2009.

His most recent work is Palace Rogue (2023), the novel based on the true story of the tabloid hack who became a Queen’s footman. It is a charming, uplifting, and utterly outrageous story of love and secrets — all of it set in the heart of one of the world’s most famous houses.

William Coles currently lives in Edinburgh.

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