Raymond Austin was born in London and educated at Brighton College. His career began as a stunt man in Hollywood. In the late 60s, he started writing television plays. Brian Clemens, producer and writer of The Avengers promoted him from the Avengers stunt coordinator to second unit director of The Avengers. Robert S. Baker and Roger Moore then made him main unit director on an episode of The Saint. From then on, he directed episodes for The Saint and The Avengers. He also worked on other distinguished television shows including The Prisoner, Black Beauty, The Champions, Jason King, Department S, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many other English television shows. In 1970, Austin was named “Outstanding Producer/Director and Writer of the Year” by the London Film Festival for his short film The Perfumed Garden. He was nominated for the same award the following year for another short film, The Sandal, which also earned him honors at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1972/1973 he was producer/director/writer on Shirley’s World, the American television show.
Raymond remained in Britain through 1978 and then moved back to the U.S to work on scores of television shows as director, producer and writer. By the late ‘80s, Raymond and his wife, novelist Wendy DeVere-Austin, moved permanently to Fox Haven, their home in the Virginia countryside. Raymond then turned his hand to writing books and in 2001 his first novel The Eagle Heist, A Beauford Sloan Mystery, could be found in book stores worldwide. In 2002 came his second book under the same banner, Dead Again and in 2006, Your Turn To Die. His first spy thriller, Find Me A Spy, Catch Me A Traitor, was released in 2007. After taking a break from writing, Raymond Austin had a comeback with his gripping crime story Love Loves A Mystery, Murder All Around, he then went on to write Keep Running or Die, Home For The Holidays and his last novel A Chocolate Teapot.
Raymond passed away at his home in Virginia with his wife and daughter by his side on the 17th of May 2023, at the age of 90 years old. He had a wonderful life and brought great joy to not only his family but to many people around the world. We are honoured to have published four of Raymond’s superb stories!
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