Mario Reading was born in Dorset, and brought up in England, Germany, and the South of France. He was educated at Gorse Cliff Preparatory School, followed by Rugby School, and then went on to study Comparative Literature under Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson at the University of East Anglia, where he specialized in French and German Literature and translation before absconding, after two years, on a cargo boat to Africa.
During a nomadic youth he sold rare books, taught riding in Cape Town, studied dressage in Vienna, played polo in India, France, Spain, and Dubai, ran a seventy horse polo stables in Gloucestershire, and helped manage his Mexican wife’s coffee plantation.
Reading is the author of six novels. The Music-Makers [House of Stratus 2001], The Nostradamus Prophecies [Atlantic 2009], The Mayan Codex [Corvus 2010], The Third Antichrist [Corvus 2011], The Templar Prophecy [Corvus 2014], and The Templar Inheritance [Corvus 2015]. Reading’s Antichrist/Nostradamus Trilogy [TNP, TMC & TTA] has been published in 38 countries to date, with a combined sale of over one million copies.
Mario Reading was the recipient of a £7000 Arts Council Writing Award in 2004 for his as yet unpublished novel After Barbarossa.
Reading is also the author of eight non-fiction titles: the Dictionary Of Cinema, the Movie Companion, the Watkins Dictionary Of Dreams, Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies For The Future, Nostradamus: The Good News, The Complete Prophecies Of Nostradamus, Nostradamus: The Top 100 Prophecies, and Nostradamus & The Third Antichrist. Reading’s non-fiction books have been published in 20 countries, and have sold more than half a million copies. A new edition of Reading’s perennial bestseller, Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies For The Future is due out in 2015, to tie-in with History Channel’s new Nostradamus documentary, which features a lengthy interview with the author, and which is due to air in May 2015.
Reading also writes occasional magazine features, including, in February 2000, a controversial major Sunday Times Magazine exposé of the CIA, entitled An American Hero. He has also made a number of national and international appearances on radio (BBC Radio 4) and television, most notably in Discovery Channel’s 2006 documentary, Nostradamus: The Truth, and four further documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic Channel. For four years he was the Chairman and chief coordinator of the Fonthill Writing Awards. He is also a member of Mensa and the ultra high IQ society, the ISPE [The International Society for Philosophical Inquiry]. In 2015 Reading was voted one of the world’s Top 100 Living Spiritual Masters by Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine.