Will Pearson ran away from home aged 15 and joined the Royal Navy. Two world tours later and following detachments to the RAF and the Royal Marines, he decided he’d better get an education. He won a scholarship to Ruskin, read French with a little German at Oriel College, Oxford, and was a vital extra in the ITV series Brideshead Revisited.
Labouring under the weight of a youthful social conscience, he worked in Brixton helping keep young offenders out of jail. He then joined Reuters TV News, deciding there had to be a quicker way to change the world. Having had a lucky escape from Liberia’s President Doe (RIP) he began campaigning about the destruction of the West African rainforest, exposing an ‘arms for rainforest’ scandal.
When Gulf War One broke out, Will worked as a freelance defence correspondent and with his first book, the No. 1 best-selling Tornado Down, helped create a whole new sub-genre, the action-packed war biography. He has since worked with some of the best military minds in the UK, and with some of its most decorated soldiers. Will’s background gives him an intimate knowledge of weaponry and military tactics, and his specialty is creating muscular prose laced with pulse-racing action, while remembering those essential ingredients, story, voice, and character.
Embracing his softer side, Will wrote Summer of Love with Beatles producer Sir George Martin and Acts of Faith for actor, crooner and all-round cheeky chappie Adam Faith. He also worked with Ross Kemp on his best-selling series Gangs. His account of the SAS siege of the Iranian Embassy, Go! Go! Go!, co-written with the Regiment’s Rusty Firmin, has just been turned into Six Days, a major feature film, while Death Warrant, a petrol-and-shooter-soaked account of the Brink’s-Mat gold bullion robbery is also on its way to becoming a movie.
Will takes commissions – when he can get them – from all comers. He has travelled widely in Africa, writing articles and features on all kinds of issues, not least country reports for military and business contractors working in the Horn of Africa. His scripting, directing and producing experience includes a Channel 4 documentary about African rainforest destruction; the award-winning TV documentary Tornado Down; and the Discovery Channel series Twenty-first Century War Machines. Getting artsy, his translation (from the German) of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis even includes natty illustrations…