Chris Whitaker

Interviewed 27 June 2020

Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working in the city. With a refreshingly cavalier attitude toward his family’s security, he quit his lucrative finance job at the age of 30 in order to begin his writing career. His wife and two young sons are slowly learning to love him again.

Luckily, his debut novel, Tall Oaks, went on to win a CWA Dagger. He hasn’t stopped smiling since. It’s a shame Chris was so shocked and had no acceptance speech prepared, and so forgot to thank just about everyone who helped him along the way. 

When not writing, Chris enjoys stroking dogs, keeping fit and trying to befriend everyone he meets. Chris lives with his family in Hertfordshire, in a bungalow that currently has no roof. He works part-time at a local library, where he gets to surround himself with books, while learning to master the complex skill of how to ask people to pay a fine with a smile.


Books by Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End

The release of a prisoner after 30 years precipitates a series of deaths and creates challenges for others.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Chris Roberts

Tall Oaks

A small American town gains notoriety when three-year-old Harry is abducted. His mother Jess is devastated, but others have problems too.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Chris Roberts