Ingrid started out in television, devising and presenting programmes for BBC Education under her real name Rosamond Richardson. She has published over thirty non-fiction books, a versatile range published by BBC, Viking, Hodder, Random House, Little Brown, Time Warner and Weidenfeld. Her books have sold worldwide, in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa, and foreign editions include Germany, Holland, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, Poland and Finland. She wrote an interview-based book on Stalin’s Family, The Long Shadow (Little, Brown, 1993), which gave her a defining presence beside Simon Sebag-Montefiore in the BBC2 documentary Stalin: Inside the Terror, subsequently shown on the History and Discovery channels.

Ingrid Soren's forthcoming book Counterplay: Queen Isabella, 'angel of peace', will be published shortly. It is a piece of historical detective work, unravelling the 700-year-old mystery of what happened to Edward II in Berkeley Castle. Allegedly murdered by his wife Queen Isabella, there is plenty of evidence that Edward II's death, as announced in 1327 as 'an accident designed by fate', was a fiction. Meticulously researched, COUNTERPLAY follows the intricate moves and motives of this true story, according to all the available archive material, and culminating in a reconstruction of the endgame. For the first time, the known facts are interpreted from Isabella's point of view, casting new light on events that have remained a puzzle since the 14th century.

Ingrid’s Meeting Dante is the result of her passion to bring Dante to a wider general anglophone readership, and to show his relevance to us in our lives today. Scholarly without being academic, the book has been described as a dazzling tour de force on love, human and divine, and on one of the oldest stories in the world: betrayal.  Meeting Dante has been compared to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and another reviewer described it as ‘beautifully described, an intricately beautiful book, compelling,  and a compulsive read.’ 

Her first book under the name of Ingrid Soren was The Zen of Horseriding, published by Time Warner in 2001. It was reviewed in the London Evening Standard as ‘a very powerful, moving read’, and subsequently published by Rodale USA as Zen and Horses with an outstanding endorsement by best-selling author Tami Hoag. The book has been translated into Dutch and German. 

Ingrid is also a lecturer and prolific essay writer, and has written several features for the art magazine Canvas. She has been invited to write articles and reviews for The London Magazine, and her work has appeared in the Paris literary magazine Black Herald.


Rosamond Richardson,  Ingrid's other incarnation, is an author, journalist, essayist and walker who is at her happiest wandering about in wild places. Author of several books about things natural, including the international bestseller Country Wisdom, she writes for The Countryman and contributes regularly to Countryside NFU magazine. She has lectured on John Clare's wild flowers to the Centre for John Clare Studies at Cambridge, and new Networks for Nature on Richard Jefferies and the Metaphysics of Wild Flowers

She has a special interest in our relationship with wild flowers and trees, their beauty and the roles they have played in our cultural and imaginative lives for centuries. Her current project Natural Histories of Wild Flowers and Trees tells their many fascinating and diverse stories. 

Rosamond writes the monthly column ‘Reflections’ for BirdWatching magazine. These pieces (with more) will be collected into a book (working title Waiting for the Albino Dunnock) based on encounters with the mystery and diversity of birds, their relationship to their habitats, the natural world around them, and to us.