Former Judge, Ireland

As well as being a publisher and author, Piers Dudgeon is a Guest Judge at Mash.

In 1970, after reading Philosophy at university, he trained at Mountview Drama School in London and worked as an editor for Granada Publishing, later to become HarperCollins. In 1974 he launched a paperback imprint for the publisher W H Allen, and a decade later started Pilot Productions, producing non-fiction books with fiction authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Ted Hughes and Susan Hill.

In 1993, he removed to North Yorkshire to write. His books include biographies of Daphne du Maurier and J M Barrie, the lateral thinker Edward de Bono, the composer Sir John Tavener, and most recently Maeve Binchy. He is still publishing, and writing a biography of Michael Llewelyn Davies, the real-life Peter Pan, who did indeed never grow up.