Tim Heald

Tim Heald FRSL (28 January 1944 – 20 November 2016) was a British author, biographer, journalist and public speaker.[1]

Life and writings

Heald was born in Dorchester, Dorset, England, and educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, and Balliol College, Oxford, gaining an MA in Modern History in 1965.

He wrote over thirty published books, including official biographies of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (The Duke - a Portrait of Prince Philip (1991), Hodder & Stoughton), and HRH Princess Margaret (Princess Margaret - a Life Unravelled (2007), Orion Books).

Heald was also known for his mystery novels featuring Simon Bognor, special investigator, (10 titles), serialised by Thames TV, and more recently as creator of Dr Tudor Cornwall in a new crime trilogy published by Robert Hale Ltd: Death and the Visiting Fellow (2004), Death and the D'Urbervilles (2005), A Death on the Ocean Wave (2007). He subsequently returned to the newly knighted Simon Bognor and published two further novels Death in the Opening Chapter and Poison at the Pueblo with Creme de la Crime/ Severn House.

As a journalist, Tim Heald wrote for Punch, The Spectator, The Sunday Times (Atticus column), Daily Express (feature writer 1967-72), The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and was a freelance travel writer. In the autumn of 2009 he started writing a "Royal Blog" for the Daily Telegraph web-site and was appointed Royal Correspondent by the editor of The Lady (a magazine), Rachel Johnson.

As a speaker, he was often a guest on Cunard cruise ships QE2 and Caronia. He was the author of Village Cricket (Little Brown, 2004), on which a Carlton TV series was based.

He worked as an academic in creative writing at the University of Tasmania and the University of South Australia between 1997 and 2001. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Tim Heald lived in Fowey, Cornwall, for fifteen years but then moved to south Somerset where his mother was born and his father is buried.


  • Unbecoming Habits
  • Blue Blood Will Out
  • Deadline
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Die
  • Just Desserts
  • Murder at Moose Jaw
  • Caroline R (this novel chronicles a life similar to that of Princess Diana from her marriage to Prince Charles to her death in 1997)
  • Masterstroke
  • Class Distinctions
  • Red Herrings
  • Brought to Book
  • The Rigby File (Editor)
  • Business Unusual
  • A Classic English Crime (Editor)
  • It's a Dog's Life
  • Denis - The Authorised Biography of the Incomparable Compton
  • Brian Johnston - The Authorised Biography
  • Beating Retreat - Hong Kong Under the Last Governor [2]
  • Death and the Visiting Fellow
  • Death and the D'Urbervilles
  • A Death on the Ocean Wave
  • Tomfoolery; edited work of Tom Baun compiled with his brother, Christopher
  • Jardine's Last Tour
  • My Dear Hugh - the collected letters of Richard Cobb
  • Death in the Opening Chapter
  • Poison at the Pueblo


  1. Tim Heald, writer – obituary Retrieved 25 November 2016
  2. Most of the bibliographical detail taken from a copy Beating Retreat - Hong Kong Under the Last Governor (published by Sinclair Stevenson in 1997)
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