Jim Ring is an award-winning author and film-maker.
Graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford in 1979, he joined the advertising industry in its heyday and went on to become a director of a series of leading London advertising agencies. His first book was Advertising on Trial, the Financial Times’ standard text-book on the industry. A spell in Ireland then led to Erskine Childers. Winner of the Marsh Prize, this was a biography of the author of the classic spy novel The Riddle of the Sands. Three winters in Austria inspired How the English Made the Alps, an account of the pioneering English mountaineers, tourists, travel entrepreneurs and winter sportsmen. We Come Unseen (2000) was the first book to tell the story of Britain's Cold War submariners. It was the winner of the Mountbatten Prize. Riviera (2004), portrayed the English colony on the French Mediterranean coast. In 2005 he co-founded a TV production company. His series on immigration, Incomers, was broadcast by ITV in 2008. His other documentaries include a study of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and two accounts of the 1944 D-Day landings. In 2013, Faber published Storming the Eagle’s Nest, telling the story of the Alps during the Second World War. His first novel, Queen’s Ransom, appeared in 2016. How the Navy Won the War, telling the neglected story of the Royal Navy’s contribution to victory in the Great War, was published last year.
Jim is a director of the literary quarterly Slightly Foxed, and joint artistic director of Sea Fever, the North Norfolk literary festival. He is married with a daughter and a son.