Jack Ryder was cast in the role of Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders at the age of 16, a character he played for five years. He then moved into theatre, performing in plays by Alan Bennet, Tim Firth and David Hare, before going on to direct Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and the West End production of The Band Musical. He played Evan Crowhurst in Holby City in 2019, and in January 2020 he is directing a production of Alan Bennet's The History Boys. It is his lifelong ambition to be a children's book author. Jack's Secret Summer is his first book.
Not all questions are answered in this first very readable book by Jack Ryder, but the nines-plus will be pleased to know there will be a sequel next year. * Newbury Weekly News * an exciting tale that grounds its gentle fantasy in the emotional life of its young hero * The Irish Times *