C.C. (Chris) Humphreys – born in Toronto, raised in London – is an actor, playwright, fight choreographer and novelist. ‘My first job out of school was as a motorcycle messenger, based in St Giles, where much of Plague takes place. A ghastly slum in 1665, thousands died horribly there in the Great Plague. I think many Londoners have a deep-buried memory of the devastating things that have happened to their city. Walking those streets again, it’s not hard to sense the bones just below the paving stones.’ Chris has written nine historical fiction novels including The French Executioner, the Jack Absolute Series, Vlad and Shakespeare’s Rebel. His latest, Plague, is a thriller set in London 1665. Fire will follow. He is translated into thirteen languages.