Author and Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England on March 10, 1943. Even though he received a BA and an MA in Celtic Studies, he decided to become a journalist and worked at numerous weekly newspapers throughout England and Ireland. In 1968, he published is first book Wales - A Nation Again about the Welsh struggle for political independence. One of his best known works is The Cornish Language and its Literature, which is considered the definitive history of the language. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and writes fiction under the pseudonyms Peter Tremayne and Peter MacAlan. He is the author of the Sister Fidelma Mystery series. In 1988, he received an Irish Post Award in recognition of his services to Irish historical studies.