Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Manchester, England in 1949. Having taken a degree in English literature at xford University ( Lady Margaret Hall), she became a civil servant. She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a poe, writing at first romantic serials for the UK women 's magazine Woman 's Realm.
Her interest in history and archaeology led to her writing a historical ovel about Vespasian and his lover Antonia Caenis (), for which she could n't find a publisher. She tried again, and her second novel featuring the Roman " detective ", Marcus Didius Falco,, set in the same time period and published in 1989, was the tart of her runaway success as a riter of historical whodunnits. A further nineteen Falco novels and have followed, as well as, which was finally published in 1998., set in the er of the English Civil War, was published in September 2009. Davis has won many literary awards, and was honorary president of the Classical Association from 1997 to 1998.