Jim Ring is a writer working in print and on screen.
He attended, successively, the universities of Bath and Oxford, where he read English. After university, Jim worked in advertising, and published the Financial Times textbook on the industry, Advertising on Trial, in 1993.
As an author, Jim has published Erskine Childers (1996) a biography of the author of The Riddle of the Sands, was the winner of the Marsh Biography Award in 1997. How the English Made the Alps (2000) celebrated the contribution made by the English to Alpine mountaineering, tourism and winter sports. We Come Unseen: the Untold Story of Britain’s Cold War Submariners (2001), was the winner of the Mountbatten Prize. Riviera (2004), examined the creation by English ex-patriots of the French Riviera. Storming the Eagle’s Nest (2013), was a sequel to How the English Made the Alps: the story of the Alps in the Second World War.
We Come Unseen was the subject of a TV documentary, Submarine (Channel 5, 2001), to which Jim acted as script consultant. In 2005 he co-founded a film production company, specialising in documentaries. Incomers (ITV, 2009), dramatised the challenges faced by immigrants in the UK. Subsequently he made a series of films about nuclear energy, the most recent (2014) on the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
Queen’s Ransom, published here, is his first novel.