Richard Francis has published nine previous novels and three non-fiction books. He has written for TV and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio. In 2010, as well as The Old Spring, he is publishing Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia with Yale University Press.
In 1999, Richard Francis became Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where he is now an Honourary Research Fellow. He is married with two grown-up children. Richard and his wife live in Bath and south-west France.