Mark Butterworth - About the Author

I was born in West London, but have lived in Essex since 1978. I built a career in the City of London working in financial services for over 30 years, including as a Lloyd’s underwriter and risk management consultant. Travelling widely on holidays and business, often the two combined, I developed an appreciation of the Far East, Australasia, North America, the Caribbean and Europe. I held a Private Pilot’s Licence for 15 years; as well as buzzing about South East England I had some very memorable flights including from Kai Tak in Hong Kong, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around Niagara Falls. I have flown a two-seater Spitfire and made more than 50 parachute jumps. I enjoy running, country walking, gardening, golf and salsa dancing and I have two grown up daughters and a Springer Spaniel called Arthur. All these activities distract from writing but give me creative ideas and story lines.

The Pearl River is my debut novel. I have had two non-fiction (business) books published, both commissioned by the Chartered Insurance Institute as well as numerous business articles and opinion pieces published in journals. Something a touch different, I have had sports match reports published in our local newspapers.

The sequel to The Pearl River –  titled The Berlin Assignment, a Cold War intrigue and thriller set in the early 1950s, is to be published 28 February 2024.

Mark Butterworth - About the Author