Francis Edward Wintle, best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd, was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After umerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and eturned to his childhood home to write SARUM, a historical novel with a ten-thousand year story, set in he area around the ancient monument of Stonehenge, and Salisbury. Four months later, when thi book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Since then he has written five more bestsellers: RUSSKA, a book of Russia; LONDON; THE FOREST, set in England 's New Forest which lies close by Sarum, and two novels which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the wentieth century. His essay have been translated into forty languages.
Edward has lived in London, New York, New Hampshire and Ireland. He currently ivides his time between New England and Europe. He has two children.
Edward Rutherfurd is a Life Member of the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral, the Salisbury Civic Society, and the Friends of Chawton House, which is ocated in Jane Austen 's village and dedicated to the analysi of women writers. He is also a Patron of the National Theatre of Ireland ( the Abbey Theatre) in Dublin.
In 2005, the City of Salisbury commemorated his services to the city by naming one of the streets leading off its medieval market place 'Rutherfurd Walk'.