Richard Frost (R. F. de Vries) was born in the Netherlands. He first studied demography, comple-ting his MSc in 1986. Afterwards he became a social scientist, and an editor and translator of academic texts. In 2010, Frost received an MA (first-class) in English Language & Culture. He is currently an English tutor of international students at the University of Birmingham.
Brought up in both Frisian and Dutch, and since his teens fluent in English as well, when beginning his career as a novelist, Frost decided to express himself in English, whose rhythm and sound appeal to him most. “I simply fell in love with the language from the word go,” says Frost. “I tried writing fiction in Dutch, but somehow it didn’t really work. When my characters speak to me, they speak English.”
In 2000, Frost’s first novel was published by Allison and Busby, London, to critical acclaim. Set in the Dutch city of Groningen, Brain and Body tells the story of Jip, a young boy who becomes the victim of a savage attack in a public toilet. Left brain-damaged, and suffering from memory loss, Jip finds himself more vulnerable than ever. Read more.
Frost has recently completed The Long and the Short of It , a novel which moves away from the terse, direct style of Brain and Body, and focuses on a different period. Frost: “Being such an ardent fan of Victorian literature, I wanted to write a book that felt 19th-century both in design and content.” Frost also made illustrations for this novel, including the one featuring on the cover.
Set in 1880s England, The Long and the Short of It relates how John Holland, a banker’s son, experiences a severe social setback when the family empire collapses. He becomes secretary to Sir Sidney Althane, a famous man of letters and the owner of Sutton Hall. A great admirer of Sir Sidney and his works, John soon finds that things at the Hall are not quite what they seem. Or are they? And where is the unique medieval manuscript Sir Sidney claims to own, which John so desperately wants to see? Read more.
Apart from being a novelist, Richard Frost is also a painter and a drawing artist. See some of his Paintings.