J.F. Slattery is the author of scholarly articles on Heine, Thomas Mann, and the history of the BBC German Service; he recently published Before the Beak. True Stories from the London Police Offices in 1830, an analysis, based on the shorthand reports in The Times, of one year's cases before the magistrates' courts in a seminal year of the early nineteenth century.
A sequel to Wisdom and Rubies will shortly be published, entitled The Scapegoat. It will be a story of mutiny on a ship returning from China and a subsequente trial for murder, based once again on real events of the period as reported in the newspapers.
J.F.Slattery was born in 1950; in the course of a varied education he abandoned an early interest in Classics to study first economic history, and then German, the latter at University College London, after which he spent twenty years teaching German literature and philosophy to university students. In 1995 he left university work and set up an international translation company, which he still runs. He lives in Cascais, Portugal.