Richard Newsome was born in New Zealand and grew up on Queensland's Gold Coast. He undertook a journalism cadetship with the Gold Coast Bulletin, working for the paper for seven years in all. Newsome then studied economics and worked as an international strategy consultant in Boston, USA, and in corporate communications in Sydney.
In 2005, Newsome chose to work full time as a writer. From Sydney, he returned to Queensland and took up residence in Brisbane.
Source: Barry Divola, 'Bedtime Story Hits the Big Time', Sydney Morning Herald, 'Spectrum' (26-27 September 2009): 35.
'Someone has stolen the world's most valuable diamond and a constable lies unconscious in the British Museum, two sedative darts protruding from his backside.
'Not something Gerald Wilkins knows or cares anything about. Not until he finds himself on a private luxury jet heading for London to attend the funeral of a great aunt he has never met. Not until he inherits her estate, worth twenty billion pounds. Not until he opens a bundle of envelopes from his dead great aunt.
'Was she murdered? Who stole the diamond? And what is the mysterious casket that everyone seems to be looking for?
'With the help of the Valentine twins, the rat-fearing Sam and the gymnastic champ Ruby, Gerald's got a mystery to solve. A mystery that will take them into secret passageways, a musty bookshop, an ancient crypt, a ruined tower and a colossal cavern where the secret of a priceless treasure lies protected by deadly booby traps.
'The Billionaire's Curse is an irresistible adventure story with an array of curious characters, ancient folklore and a whodunnit. Young and not-so-young adults, get ready to stay up late.' (From the publisher's website.)