Having spent a good portion of his childhood bedridden, Jonathan Stroud has started writing from an early age. He has a degree in English literature, and has worked in Walker Books publishing house in London. He became a full-time writer two years after his first book, Buried Fire, came out in 1999.
His most famous books include two series: the Bartimaeus Sequence, about a witty djinni forced to fulfill his magician’s wishes. In them Stroud humourously twists the classic perspective of the fantasy genre and mixes up stereotypes of wizards and demons. The series consists of four books, translated to 36 languages and sold in more than 6 million copies: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, Ptolemy’s Gate, and The Ring of Solomon.
The more recent series Lockwood & Co. follows a trio of investigators on their hunt on ghosts, specters, ghouls and other creatures of darkness tormenting London. The Empty Grave, the last book of the Lockwood series, was published in 2017.