Bill Kitson


I was born and raised in Baildon, before my parents moved to live at Menston, West Yorkshire. Most of my family were from Bradford, with a few notorious exceptions.  I was educated at Ashville College Harrogate, where in my first year I won the English prize; cementing my love of reading and writing.  My favourite book as a child was Treasure Island.  This was however, confiscated by my mother following the disappearance of my elder sister’s jewellery box, later found buried in the garden, six paces from the ‘blasted oak’! (Actually an apple tree).

I was brought up surrounded by books.  Thrillers by John Creasey, Edgar Wallace and Leslie Charteris formed unusual reading for a ten year old.


But then maybe it was inevitable that I should write about crime; eleven of my ancestors were transported to Australia as convicts. My other interests include sport.  I began my cricket career at Menston CC before moving to Harrogate where I later took a leading part in the organisation of Harrogate Cricket Festival.  I also played hockey for Bradford.  My other sports were golf, badminton and table tennis.

On retiring from playing, I became an umpire for hockey and later for cricket.  The highlights of my sporting career included taking ten wickets in an innings, umpiring at Lords cricket ground and umpiring a county hockey match.  I have also umpired for MCC regional teams.  Having retired from officiating, I remain a committee member of Nidderdale and District Amateur Cricket League, where I, along with my wife, Val, continue to run Junior Indoor Cricket for over four hundred youngsters every winter.

To fill the time between fixtures in my busy sporting life, I worked in banking as finance executive from bases in Leeds, Stockton and Harrogate, covering clients in West and North Yorkshire, Teesside and the North East before taking early retirement. 

My day doesn’t really start until I’ve solved the Telegraph cryptic crossword, (or done the best I can) and walked Willow, the family Labrador, along the woodland lanes in the heart of North Yorkshire.  When I really need to chill-out I head for southern Crete along with my wife, and my laptop; in case I feel the urge to kill someone! 

When I landed a three book deal from leading independent publisher, Robert Hale Ltd, three days before Christmas 2008, I described it as the best Christmas present I’d ever received. Now, with several books in the series already published, my ambitions remain the same as when I started. I'm a storyteller. I want to write books that people will enjoy so much they look out for the next one bearing my name.

I do have two unfulfilled dreams. One; to see Yorkshire win cricket’s County Championship, and two; Bradford City to win football’s Premier League. Impossible?  Maybe, but they said that about me being published!!