• StarStarStarStar Out on May 22nd 2014 


‘My name is Raphael Ignatius Phoenix and I am a hundred years old – or will be in ten days’ time, in the early hours of January 1st, 2000, when I kill myself.’  


The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix is one man’s wholly unorthodox account of the twentieth century – or certainly his own riotous, often outrageous, somewhat unreliable and undoubtably singular interpretation of it.


Hello, this is Paul’s wife Alicky. As many of you know already, Paul died very suddenly from a ruptured aneurysm in May 2012. As well as being a talented author, he was a truly unique person – a brilliant Dad and adored husband. We all miss him so much.

Paul finished putting together this website shortly before he died. He loved the design and was very excited about adding more photographs and writing his blog. I am keeping the site up to date with the latest news on his books – including the posthumously published novel – The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix – but am loathe to make dramatic changes so apologize for anything that may feel a bit disjointed.

As well as updating this website, I also post regular news on Paul’s Facebook Fan Page. Please do click the link and ‘like’ his page:

Press Tributes

CNN, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, El País,

The Lost Army of Cambyses

“A plot as complex as a hall of mirrors, and as gripping as a death threat.” Kirkus Reviews

The Last Secret of the Temple

“The intelligent reader’s answer to the Da Vinci Code.” The Independent.

The Hidden Oasis

“Sussman’s third book is a little masterpiece which grabs the reader and drags you through the pages at breakneck speed.”