Douglas Hurd was born in March 1930 in Marlborough, Wilshire. He was educated at Twyford School and Eton College before reading History at Trinity College, Cambridge where he also served as President of the Cambridge Union Society.
In 1952 he joined the Diplomatic Service and he worked in China, the USA and Italy before entering politics in 1966 as a member of the Conservative Party. He was elected to Parliament in 1974 for the Mid Oxfordshire constituency, which went on to become the Witney constituency, which he served until 1997.
He served as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Minister for Europe from under the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
He has written political thrillers, including Scotch on the Rocks, Truth Game, and The Shape of Ice. His non-fiction works include The Arrow War, and Robert Peel, a Biography.