Ben Richards (writer)

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Ben Richards is an English writer, born in 1964. Before writing novels and TV dramas, he worked for three years as a housing officer in Newham and Islington, London. As a research student at UCL's Department of Geography[1] he spent a year investigating public housing in Chile and on his return to Britain began his first novel "to alleviate the boredom of analysing questionnaires" for his PhD thesis.[2] Richards was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and at University College London, where he taught development studies, specialising in South America.[2] He is now a full-time writer.

His novels are Throwing the House out of the Window (1996), Don't Step on the Lines (1997), The Silver River (1999), A Sweetheart Deal (2001), The Mermaid and the Drunks (2004) and Confidence (2006). He also contributed to the New Puritans anthology of 2000.

As a screenwriter, Richards has written for the BBC (Spooks and Party Animals), ITV (The Fixer) and Channel 4 (No Angels). He is the creator and writer of Outcasts. He has also written for the new British/French crime drama television series The Tunnel.


  1. ^ "Prof. Alan Gilbert > Research Students". UCL Department of Geography. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ben Richards (8 January 2001). "Confessions of a former housing officer". The Guardian. 

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