After many years creating advertising campaigns for everything from The Economist to ballet shoes, Chris Chalmers took the plunge into writing  contemporary fiction. 

His first novel, Five To One, about the day a helicopter crashes on Clapham Common, won a debut novel competition and was nominated for the Polari First Book Award. The next, Light From Other Windows, explores the effect on a family when the youngest son is caught in a tsunami. Literary critic Suzi Feay described it as a book that “can bring tears to your eyes on one page and make you laugh the next”. His latest, Dinner at the Happy Skeleton, draws on his advertising career and fondness for less familiar corners of Europe. He is also the author of the children’s adventure Gillian Vermillion — Dream Detective, which like all his work is published by J.Mendel Books. 

Chris lives in South-West London with his partner, a quite-famous concert pianist. He has been the understudy on Mastermind, visited 40 different countries and swum with marine iguanas. Publication aside, his most treasured literary achievement is making Martina Navratilova ROFLAO on Twitter. 

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