author, journalist, public speaker,
Author of Prince Philip's official biography,
Tim Heald has written novels and whodunnits which have been compared with those
of Graham Green, Evelyn Waugh and P.G.Wodehouse. He has lived and worked
extensively in the USA.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of
Literature, Guest Speaker on the QE2, Visiting Fellow at the Universities of
Tasmania and South Australia, he has raced across the Atlantic on behalf of the Daily
Express and played Elephant Polo in Nepal for the Sunday Times.
During the summer of 2003 he was busy filming his first TV series for Carlton.
The subject of the filming, village cricket, also gives its name to the book
which Tim has written to accompany the series. Village Cricket
was published on May 1st 2004. Also published in May was Tim's latest crime novel, Death and the Visiting
Tim Heald learned the rudiments of public
speaking at Sherborne School in the early sixties when he was Hon. Sec. of the
Debating Society. He continued his studies at Oxford University where he
reported on Union debates for Cherwell, the university newspaper.
He also became Hon. Sec. of Balliol College's
humorous debating society, the Arnold and Brackenbury, where he crossed
satirical swords with the likes of PrivateEye's John Wells and TV's Peter
For the next few years he was too busy writing
for Punch, the Spectator (see Mr
Gladstone's Bowler Hat), the Sunday Times (where he worked
on the Atticus Column with Nick Tomalin and Hunter Davies) and the Daily
Express (a star feature writer from 67 to 72) to do much formal speaking.
However he was briefly on the official list of Liberal party parliamentary
candidates and delivered a memorable oration to the Salisbury Constituency
Association on the party's agricultural policy (about which he was spectacularly
In the eighties he returned to the oratorical
fray as Chairman of the British Crime Writers Association (presenting a
"Diamond Dagger" to John le Carré at the House of Lords and speaking
alongside such dinner guests as Bill Deedes and Chris Patten). He was also
the International Co-ordinator of the PEN Writers in Prison Committee. PEN
is a world-wide writers organisation so he found himself addressing extremely
earnest meetings (with simultaneous translation) at conferences in Hamburg,
Lugano and Cambridge.
Highlights since then include an Agatha
Christie conference at the University in Mexico City (a two-hour key-note
speech); the 1993 Royal Warrant Holders' banquet at Grosvenor House (1500 guests
in white tie and tails and having to speak AFTER the Welsh wizard Cliff Morgan);
Cunard cruises on the QE2 and Caronia; the Balliol College 'Gaudy' (the Vice
Chancellor of Oxford, the Lord Chief Justice of England and two hundred
beady-eyed university contemporaries!).