David Hewson is
the author of several travel books, at least six standalone novels and the Nic Costa series. He used to be a weekly columnist for the Sunday
Times, but gave up journalism in 2005 to focus full time on his novels. He lives in Kent, England.
David originates from the North of England and did not travel abroad until he was 21. However he read about Italy and Greece at the library and grew up dreaming of the Mediterranean.
Rights for the Nic Costa series have been sold to a number of countries, but he is particularly proud of the fact that the series has been translated into Italian, "When you're a foreigner writing about their country, normally they won't touch you. They'll look at a book and say this is all wrong, so it's great that an Italian publisher should have picked it up."
The Nic Costa series:
This biography was last updated on 08/17/2013.
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