Iain George Pears was born in Coventry, England, in 1955. He received his education at Wadham College of Oxford University, where he completed a doctorate in art history. Pears enjoyed a varied career working as an art historian, a journalist, and a television consultant before becoming a writer. He worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation in both England and Germany. From 1982 to 1990 he lived and worked in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States as a correspondent for the international news agency Reuters. These experiences provided him with a broad knowledge of topics from financial activities to sports. In addition, they served as a sort of writing apprenticeship, training him to gather information and immediately turn it into written text to meet the deadlines faced by a news reporter. Writer’s block has not been a problem for Pears. Living in these diverse countries, Pears developed an appreciation for cultural differences and a particular fondness for Italy, which became the major setting of his Jonathan Argyll mysteries.
In 1987, Pears became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University. While in residency there, he completed the book he was writing about eighteenth century British art. In 1988, he published The Discovery of Painting: The Growth of Interest in the Arts in England, 1690-1768. The erudite and well-researched book was well received in the intellectual community and has often been...
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