Leslie Thomas

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1931, Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost of sea in 1943.His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week published in 1964.At sixteen, he became a reporter, before going on to do his national service.He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over two million copies.