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Lesley Grant-Adamson was born in Islington, north London in 1942. She attended Dame Alice Owen School and after graduating, worked as a journalist in London until the early '70s, when she joined the London staff of The Guardian. In 1981 she left The Guardian to write fiction, but for a time did freelance writing for newspapers, magazines and television, until her first book, Patterns of Dust was published and established her reputation as a writer of detective fiction. Her second book, The Face of Death, made her name as a writer of suspense.Together she and her husband wrote A Season in Spain, a portrait of the Alpujarra region of Andalusia where they lived from 1991 to 1993. Grant-Adamson has written 15 novels, and her short stories have appeared in literary magazines, women's magazines and anthologies. Grant-Adamson teaches creative writing courses and was the first writer of crime fiction to be appointed writer in residence at a British university. She was Writer in Residence at Nottingham Trent University and the East Midland Arts area in 1994. Her book for the Teach Yourself series, Writing Crime and Suspense Fiction, was an immediate success. She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Royal Society of Literature, the Welsh Academy, East Anglia Writers and the Crime Writers' Association.