St Peter's School
To celebrate World Book Day, we are highlighting five talented Old Peterites who have written, edited or published their own books.
Writer and journalist Judith O’Reilly (School House 1980-1982) had her first book ‘Wife in the North’ published in 2008. The book went on to become a bestseller, reaching number three in the UK bestsellers’ chart and was in the top ten for five weeks. Judith has since written ‘A Year Doing Good’ and ‘Killing State’, a commercial political thriller. Her latest novel ‘Curse the Day’ is out now.
Actor Greg Wise (Queen’s 1979-1984) co-wrote ‘Not That Kind of Love’ with his sister, Clare, who sadly passed away in 2018. The book, published after Clare’s death, has been described as ‘a remarkable account of illness, loss and the power of sibling love’. Greg returned to St Peter’s in October 2018 for a special evening to talk about Clare, their book and his life, work and adventures since leaving St Peter’s in 1984.
Craig Lawrence (The Rise 1977-1982) is an author, military historian and lecturer in strategy and strategic leadership. Since 1984, he has spent thirty years either serving with Gurkhas or filling a variety of appointments in various military headquarters. In September 2019, his book ’25 Years of the Royal Gurkha Rifles’ was published, a pictorial history of the Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment. Craig has also recently completed a new adventure thriller called ‘Reasonable Doubt’ which will be released later this month.
Last year, Old Peterite Roderick MacLeod (The Rise 1965 – 1970) saw the launch of The Textbook of Palliative Care in Berlin, at the European Association for Palliative Care conference. Roderick was one of two editors-in-chief of the book, which contains 101 chapters and approximately one million words.
Finally, George Lockett (School House 2002 – 2007) writes short fiction and narratives for videogames. Recent short stories include ‘The Last Siren Sings’, ‘The Memory Jar’ and ‘Lies about your Better Self’. Speaking of his love of reading, George says: “Reading as a lifelong habit is the greatest magic trick you can learn. It’s a portal into the lives of others, and a map to the territories of your own self. Reading enlarges your world.”