Marius Gabriel was accused by Cosmopolitan magazine of `keeping you reading while your dinner burns'. He served his author apprenticeship as a student at Newcastle University, where, to finance his postgraduate research, he wrote thirty-three steamy romances under a pseudonym. Gabriel is the author of several historical novels, including the bestsellers The Seventh Moon, The Original Sin, and the Redcliffe Sisters series, Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye, Take Me to Your Heart Again, and The Designer. His most recent novel is The Ocean Liner. Born in South Africa, he has lived and worked in many countries, and now divides his time between London and Cairo. He has three grown-up children.