Richard Parker Author Website

Some FAQs About Richard

Some of my favourite authors?
I have a very eclectic reading taste and some of my favourite authors in no particular order are: John Irving, James Frey, Nicole Krauss, Sheldon Siegel, Nick Hornby, Lauren Weisberger, Ian McEwan, Stieg Larsson, Richard Russo, Stephen Fry, Donna Tartt, Paullina Simons, Daniel Silva, Tom Rob Smith, Carloz Ruiz Zafon, Sebastian Faulks, David Nicholls, David Hosp, John Grisham, Marcus Sakey, Jhumpa Lahiri, Piers Morgan, James Frey, Khaled Hosseini, Toby Young, Richard North Patterson, Michael Chabon, Alan Dershowitz, Zadie Smith, Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Bill Bryson, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Deaver, Jo Nesbo, James Patterson, Tony Parsons, Philip Roth, William Styron, Richard Mason, Jonathan Tropper, William Brandt, Charlotte Grimshaw, Howard Jacobson, Michael Lewis, Tim Wilson, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Franzen, Karl Marlantes, David Goodwillie, Chad Harbach, Stephen King, Adelle Waldman, Meg Wolitzer, Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Phil Klay, Gerald Seymour, David Ignatius, Scott Stossel, David Foster Wallace, Garth Risk Hallberg, Matt Gallagher 
Some of my favourite business books?
Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis, Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, FIASCO by Frank Partnoy, Fools Rush In by Nina Munk, Den of Thieves by James B Stewart, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, The Quants by Scott Patterson and The Big Short by Michael Lewis, The Devil's Casino by Vicky Ward, Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson, The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald, Who Killed Channel 9 by Gerald Stone,  Last Man Standing - The Ascent of Jamie Dimon by Duff McDonald, The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind, Breaking News by Paul Barry, The Everything Store - Jeff Bezos and Amazon by Brad Stone, Losing the Signal - The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff,  Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo by Nicholas Carlson
Some of my favourite TV shows?
The West Wing, The Inbetweeners, Entourage, LA Law, ER, Californication, Seinfeld, Huff, Skins, Sex and the City, Mad Men, The Modern Family, Weeds, Studio 60 Sunset Boulevard, Suits, House of Cards, Gossip Girl, True Detective, The Bridge (Danish-Swedish version), Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Silk, Rectify, the X-Files, Narcos, Jessica Jones, Chernobyl, Fauda, CB Strike
Some of my favourite films
Crash, Babel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, All the Bourne films, Body of Lies, The Departed, Lost in Translation, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Revolutionary Road, When Harry Met Sally, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Bridget Jones films, An Education, Gone Baby Gone, Fever Pitch (Red Sox version), Atonement,  Michael Clayton, Syriana, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, The Green Zone, The Town, The Social Network, Black Swan, The Inside Job, Barney's Version, No Strings Attached, Last Night, The Insider, Black Hawk Down,The Inbetweeners, Margin Call, London Boulevard, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, This is Where I Leave You, American Sniper, The Revenant, Triple 9
What is my process for writing?
First Edition took me nearly 12 months to write.  I wrote at night after work between 9pm-1am and would aim to do 20-25 hours per week.  For my first few books I always wrote in long hand into a spiral-bound book and then transcribed onto my laptop at the end of each chapter.  But for my latest book, Keep Your Enemies Closer, I wrote straight into my Apple Macbook Air.
Do I re-read books and re-watch films?
Yes.  Any great book or film is worth re-reading or re-watching.

What have I been reading in 2020?
Information Wars by Richard Stengel, 

What have I been reading in 2017-2019?
All the Light I Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Evicted by Matthew Desmond, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer, The Loner by Teddy Wayne, The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar, Battle Sight Zero by Gerald Seymour, Shadow Strike by Yaakov Katz, The Perfect Weapon by David Sanger, Four Friends by William Cohen, The New Girl by Daniel Silva, Our Man by George Packer, by Nathan Englander, Kushner Inc by Vicky Ward, Assymetry by Lisa Halliday, The Jewish American Paradox by Robert Mnookin, Beirut Rules by Fred Burton, The Skripal Files by Mark Urban, The Spy and the Traitor by Ben McIntyre, Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart, The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas, The Death of Truth by Michika Kakutan, The Other Woman by Daniel Silva, Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, The Man Between by Charles Cumming, Every Story is a Love Story by D T Max, War On Peace by Ronan Farrow, Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff, Eat the Apple by Matt Young, The Buy Side by Turney Duff, the Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars by Billy Gallagher, All the Kremlin's Men by Michael Zygar, Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman, the Qauntum Spy by David Ignatius, The Increment by David Ignatius, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Hue by Mark Bowden, On Edge by Andrea Peterson, The CEO Pay Machine by Steven Clifford, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci, Afterlife by Marcus Sakey, the Glory Boys by Gerald Seymour, Home Run by Gerald Seymour, The Locals by Jonathan Dee, Papi by David Ortiz, House of Spies by Daniel Silva, Bright Precious days by Jay McInerney, Wild Ride (Uber) by Adam Lashinsky, the Thirst by Jo Nesbo, the Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris, An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redford Jamison, Exit West by Moshin Hamid, Black Edge by Sheelah Kalhatkar, The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, Jerichos War by Gerald Seymour, America's War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich, Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

What have I been reading in 2016?
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg, Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan, Insatiable by Asa Akira, Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith, Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving, The Widow's Daughter by Nick Edlin, Inside Enemy by Alan Judd, ISIS - State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, American Blood by Ben Sanders, My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel (2nd read), Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David, Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Submission by Michel Houellebecq, Young Blood by Matt Gallagher, In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stieglitz, Grit by Angela Duckworth, No Mortal Thing by Gerald Seymour, Blood Money by David Ignatius, Consequence by Eric Fair, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (2nd reading), Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max, Trinity Six by Charles Cumming, Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear by Stuart Stevens, Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney, The Straight Banana by Tim Wilson, The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich, Competing Against Luck by Clay Christensen, Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney, America's War in the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, I Am No One by Patrick Flannery, The Nix by Nathan Hill

What have I been reading in 2015?
World War Z by Max Brooks,  Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nothing Personal by Mike Offit, Family Life by Akhil Sharma, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, The Third Target by Joel Rosenberg, 10:04 by Ben Lerner, Gray Mountain by John Grisham, Unchosen by Julie Burchill, Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney (2nd reading), The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (3rd reading), Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo by Nicholas Carlson, Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobb, Mindful Work by David Gelles, The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabrielle Sherman, The Whites by Richard Price, Vagabond by Gerald Seymour, Essentialism by Greg McKeon, Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce, At Close Quarters by Gerald Seymour, All Involved by Ryan Gattis, The Lion's Gate by Steven Pressfield, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein, Ally by Michael Oren, The Story by Judith Miller, How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt, The English Spy by Daniel Silva, Disclaimer by Renee Knight,  Losing the Signal - The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky, David Foster Wallace - Last Interview, The Boys on the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, Body of Lies by David Ignatius, Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo, The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks, Young Money by Kevin Rose, The Director by David Ignatius, Baseball Dads by Matthew Hiley, You Don't Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits

What have I been reading in 2014?
& Sons by David Gilbert, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel, The Police by Jo Nesbo, My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, Wrongful Death by Lynda La Plante, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, Company Man by John Rizzo, Flashboys by Michael Lewis, A Deniable Death by Gerald Seymour, The Corporal's Wife by Gerald Seymour, 10% Happier by Dan Harris, I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, The Everything Store by Brad Stone, The Circle by Dave Eggers, The Devil's Casino by Vicky Ward (2nd read), New Year's:A Prequel to the Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman, The Girls of Corona del Mar by Ruthi Thorpe, The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, The Children Act by Ian McEwan, Days of Fire by Peter Baker, Personal by Lee Child, The Heist by Daniel Silva, The Company Man by John Rizzo, Harry's Game by Gerald Seymour, A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre, The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, The Son by Jo Nesbo, The Farm by Tom Rob Smith, 13 Days in September by Lawrence Wright, Who Says Elephants Can't Dance by Louis Gerstner, The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver, Redeployment by Phil Klay, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan,
What have I been reading in 2013?
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, Who Killed Channel 9 by Gerald Stone, The Terrorist Next Door by Sheldon Siegel, Elsewhere by Richard Russo, Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Brothers Emanuel by Ezekial Emanuel, The Stars' Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry, Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson, The Black Box by Michael Connelly, Capital by John Lancaster, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, Top of the Morning:Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter, Harvard Square by Andre Aciman, Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani, A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins, In the Rooms by Tom Shone, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Return by Lauren Weisberger, Last Man Standing - The Ascent of Jamie Dimon by Duff McDonald, The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind, Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, The English Girl by Daniel Silva, Netflixed by Gina Keating, Lost Girls by Robert Kolker,The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo, The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri, Quiet by Susan Cain, A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, Night Film by Marsha Pessl, What Happened to Goldman Sachs by Steve Mandis, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman, Sycamore Row by John Grisham, The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Breaking News by Paul Barry, Tampa by Alissa Nutting
What have I been reading in 2012?
Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar (2nd read), The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, A Collosal Failure of Common Sense:The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Patrick Robinson and Lawrence McDonald; Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born:  The Making of the Art of Fielding by Graydon Carter and Keith Gessen, Fall from Grace by Richard North Patterson, Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd, The Leopard by Jo Nesbo, Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin (2nd read), The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, In One Person by John Irving, The Phantom by Jo Nesbo, Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, The New Republic by Lionel Shriver, The Quants by Scott Patterson (2nd read), Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka, Broadcast Wars by Michael Bodey, Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, Write Away by Elizabeth George, 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James, One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper, Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith, The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, The Wolf Of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort, Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson, NW by Zadie Smith, Their Faces Were Shining by Tim Wilson, Dark Pools by Scott Patterson, The Bat by Jo Nesbo, Risk by C K Stead, The Night Book by Charlotte Grimshaw, Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Soon by Charlotte Grimshaw, The Guardian by David Hosp, Murdoch's Pirates by Neil Chenoweth,
What have I been reading in 2011?
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis (4th read), Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes, Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane, The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, City of Thieves by Cyrus Moore, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Predators' Ball by Connie Bruck, American Subversive by David Goodwillie, Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady, Ice Cold By Tess Gerristen, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by David Goodwillie, The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey, 2012 by Lisa Flaus, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, Reading My Father by Alexandra Styron, Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey, All the Devils are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson, The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith, Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larsen, Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva, Untold Story by Monica Ali, Daughters of Erebus by Paul Holmes, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, Boomerang by Michael Lewis, What it's Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes, The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff Mack, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson, Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz, Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, Home Game by Michael Lewis, 11/22/63 by Stephen King
What I read in 2010
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving, Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling, The Defector by Daniel Silva, Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, The Lost Throne by Chris Kuzneski, The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, The Privileges by James Dee, The Spire by Richard North Patterson, Among Thieves by David Hosp, Lucky by Alice Sebold, The Trump Card by Ivanka Trump, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Solar by Ian McEwan, The Big Short by Michael Lewis, Plan B by Jonathan Tropper, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell, My Friend Leonard by James Frey, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis, The Quants by Scott Patterson, Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey (Re-read), Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, The Devil's Casino by Vicky Ward, The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva, The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, The Accidental Billionaires - Facebook by Ben Mezrich, The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry, The Men who Would be King - Dreamworks by Nicole LaPorte, Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens, Perfect Alibi by Sheldon Siegel, Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, I Am Number Four by James Frey, The Twelfth Imam by Joel Rosenberg, Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones
What's on my Ipod?
Counting Crows, Black Eyed Peas, The Calling, Bruce Springsteen, David Gray, David Cook, Empire of The Sun, Evermore, The Feelers, Junipah, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Keane, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Lifehouse, Lily Allen, Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, MGMT, Michael Buble, Nathan King, Brooke Fraser, Opshop, Michelle Branch, Snow Patrol, Temper Trap, U2, Westlife, Wilco, Pink, 30 Seconds to Mars, Lee DeWyze, Lorde, Post Malone, Marshmellow, Lewis Capaldi, Khalid, Zara Larsson, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Max, The Script, Broods, The Chainsmokers, Imagine Dragons, Pink, Linkin Park, James Arthur, Halsey 
What's my favourite Sports Team?
Boston Red Sox - 2004, 2007, 2013, 2018