About RJJ Hall

I was born and brought up in London. After university I flirted with the idea of going into publishing but realising I had to learn about business I trained as a chartered accountant. Unexpectedly I enjoyed it and embarked on a career in the City that lasted for 30 years. During that time I spent two years in Milan, which deepened a fascination with Italy that began in the 1950s when I stayed in Naples for a month.

After leaving the City, the high point of my career was a spell as Finance Director at the Royal Opera House in 1997/98, which increased a love of opera that began when I was 12.

Numeracy was of course important in my career, but writing was a growing interest. So when the opportunity came to retire I was determined to write; the idea for my first novel emerged within 24 hours of announcing my retirement. Not surprisingly the story was set in Italy and a passion for opera was an important theme.

Finally, my first name is Richard. I had planned to use the name Richard Hall for my books but realised that the world is full of people with that name. I concluded that RJJ Hall would be more visible.

 © rjjhall 2014