I first went to Venice in 1954 with my parents on our way back from India. In those days we still travelled by sea. It must have stuck in my imagination. I have been back many times since. In 2010 I began my novel a supernatural thriller set in the Castello district in eastern area of the city.
Simon Barnes was born in London in 1950. As a child he lived in Calcutta, Lisbon, Khartoum, and Teheran. In 1978 he joined the University of Sussex, where he worked as a computer programmer until 2005. He enjoys walking, gardening, and writing fiction.