Peter Saunders was born and educated in Croydon, England. He spent more than twenty years teaching sociology at the University of Sussex, where he still holds the title of Professor Emeritus. He also taught in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States.
He built an academic reputation with major books on city life, home ownership, British politics, social inequality and meritocracy, but in 1999 he abandoned his academic career and went to live in Australia where he found work in public policy think tanks.
In Australia, he continued to write on social issues such as poverty and welfare reform, but he also began commenting on current affairs in the press and on radio and television. By the time he returned to Britain in 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald hailed him as ‘the most prominent liberal intellectual’ in Australia.
He is now developing a third career, as a fiction writer. He has published two novels: The Versailles Memorandum (2009) and The Sweetest Girl (2017). .
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The Versailles Memorandum
by Peter Saunders
Futuristic thriller. In London's Special Islamic Zone, Aisha Sharizi is on the run from the religious authorities. In Sydney, the body of a UK politician is recovered from the harbour. And at his university in the south of England, failed historian Harry Davidson stumbles on a secret file - the Versailles Memorandum - which security services on both sides of the Atlantic are desperate to protect.
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