Luke Talbot was born in the small Suffolk town of Halesworth, in the United Kingdom, in 1979. And as if being sandwiched between fields and marshland in one of the only remaining counties not to have motorways wasn't bad enough, was moved at the tender age of 11 to the even more remote Massif Central, in the Languedoc region of southern France.
By far the biggest challenge of the move was doing away with electricity, moving as he did to an ancient ruin high up in the mountains. But he quickly adapted to living by oil lamp, and the local library fast became his hideaway.
"There is no substitute for reading by flickering flame, while the wintery wind and rain lash against rattling wooden shutters. That is where I go to now, in my mind, when I write."
Luke Talbot left France in the summer of 1997, moving back to the UK to study Archaeology. Graduating with honours in 2000 from Southampton University, he went on to achieve a Masters in Information Systems in 2001 and has since worked in the telecommunications industry.
One of his major fascinations is the intersection of humanity and technology, and nowhere is that more focussed than in the plethora of mobile devices that has exploded into our lives.
"We are, essentially, still the same species that built the pyramids of Egypt, but so far removed from them. Who knows what our descendants 4000 years hence will make of us..."
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One woman. One discovery. Everything at stake. When Gail Turner discovers an ancient library under the sands of Egypt, she hopes it will get her closer to uncovering the mystery of Queen Nefertiti. Instead, it pits her against the ruthless Seth Mallus in a race for the truth that will push humanity to the very edge of existence.
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