Journalist and novelist Paul Sussman read history at Cambridge, where he was also a Boxing Blue. From an early age his abiding passion was archaeology and he worked in the field, in particular in Egypt where he was part of the first team to excavate new ground in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. He brought this interest and enthusiasm to his first three novels – The Lost Army of Cambyses, The Last Secret of the Temple and The Hidden Oasis – which have now been translated into over 30 languages and have sold over two million copies, while Paul’s journalism appeared across the media, including in the Big Issue, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard and on CNN.com. In May 2012, having recently finished work on this, his fourth novel, Paul died suddenly. He was just 45. He is survived by his wife, a television producer, and their two young sons.