Ronald Harold Hardy (16 November 1919 – October 1991) was an English novelist and screenwriter. His first novel The Place of Jackals was published in 1954 to acclaim. Hardy drew on his experiences as a liaison officer in Indochina during World War II in the writing of this novel. A review in Time magazine claimed that the novel "establishes him as Graham Greene's No. 1 disciple."
Hardy won the 1962 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his fifth novel Act of Destruction. Besides his nine works of fiction, he wrote one non-fiction book about the construction of the Uganda Railway entitled The Iron Snake.
Hardy was also a TV screenwriter, with Suspense and Armchair Theatre among his credits. He qualified as a Certified Public Accountant before turning to writing. He married Joyce Cook and had two children.The Place of Jackals, 1954
A Name Like Herod, 1955
The Men from the Bush, 1959
Act of Destruction, 1962
The Iron Snake, 1965 (non-fiction)
Return to Arms, 1967
The Savages, 1967
"The Face of Jalanath",1973
Rivers of Darkness, 1979
The Wings of the Wind, 1987