Michael Ridpath is the British author of various thrillers based around the world of high finance. He was born in Devon and grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at Millfield School and Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained first class honors in modern history, and represented the University at athletics. He spent eight years working as a bond trader at an international bank in the City of London. His past employers include Saudi International Bank and Apax Partners.
Michael Ridpath lives in north London with three children and his wife, Barbara. He has written eight thrillers set in the worlds of business and finance, but is now trying his hand at something slightly different. Where The Shadows Lie, the first in the Fire and Ice series featuring Icelandic detective, Magnus Jonson, was published in 2010.