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Early life and education
Born in Manchester, England, his family moved to the United States when he was a young child. He was raised in New York City, on the Upper West Side, and graduated from the High School of Music and Art. He attended CCNY in NY, and the Art Students League of New York.
A fine arts major, Diamond turned to professional writing in his late twenties is best known for books such as The Haven, Lady of the Haven, The Thief of Kalimar, Black Midnight, Forest Wars, Marrakesh, Samarkand, and Samarkand Dawn. He soon turned to other genres; including historical fiction, thrillers, and later a true story of a Holocaust survivor's family during World War II, Maybe You Will Survive. Several of his books were published in the UK by Methuen.
Under the pen name Rochelle Leslie (the names of his two daughters), he authored Tears of Passion, Tears of Shame, a novel of South Africa set during the Zulu War of 1879 (Berkeley/Jove) which was subsequently published in Italy, titled, Venuto De Lontano, (To Come From Far Away) by Mondadori. He also has had various short stories published in anthologies.
His latest book, Chocolate Lenin, was released in 2012. It is speculative fiction, a well received satire/fantasy of near-future Russia, parodying contemporary science, technology, and politics. It received numerous favorable reviews.
In 2013 it was announced that his first novel, The Haven,was re-released in a new oversize format. The book is considered by many to be a cult classic. It was previously published in UK and Australia, as well as the United States. Many of his novels remain in print.
Diamond worked for many years at the New York Times as production manager in Editorial Art until leaving to pursue a full-time career in writing. He has taught and lectured on creative writing in New York and California.
- Captain Sinbad (Fawcett)
- Cinnebar (Fawcett)
- Marrakesh Nights (Fawcett)
- The Falcon of Eden (Playboy)
- Beasts of Hades (Playboy)
- Outcasts (DAW anthology)
- Maybe You Will Survive (Holocaust Press, 1991, reissued 2010)
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