Rhidian Brook (born 1964) is a Welsh novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster.
His first novel, The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones (HarperCollins) won three prizes, including the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award, and was made into a film of the same name starring Jonathan Pryce. His second novel, Jesus And The Adman (HarperCollins) was published in 1999. His third novel, The Aftermath (Penguin), was published in April 2013 and was translated into 25 languages. The Aftermath has been made into a feature film of the same name starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård. His fourth novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe (Picador), was published March 2018.
His short stories have been published by The Paris Review, Punch, The New Statesman, Time Out and others; and several were broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Short Story.
His first commission for television - Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle - was broadcast in 2005 on BBC1 and starred Timothy Spall. He wrote for the BBC series Silent Witness between 2005-7, and the factual drama Atlantis for BBC1 in 2008. Africa United, his first feature film (Pathe), went on general release in the UK in October 2010. He then adapted his novel The Aftermath for Scott Free. The film goes on general release (through Fox Searchlight) in March 2019. He is currently adapting his fourth novel - The Killing of Butterfly Joe - for film.
He has written articles for papers, including The Observer, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. In 2005, he presented Nailing The Cross, a documentary for BBC1. In 2006 he broadcast a series In The Blood for BBC World Service, recording his family’s journey through the AIDS pandemic. His book about that journey - More Than Eyes Can See - was published by Marion Boyars in 2007.
He lives with his wife and two children in London.
Books by Rhidian Brook
- The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (1996)
- Jesus and the Adman (1999)
- More Than Eyes Can See: A Nine Month Journey into the Aids Pandemic (2007)
- The Aftermath (2013)
- The Killing of Butterfly Joe (2018)
- BBC - Thought for the Day. Accessed 2 May 2013