Me Oct 2015I was born and raised in the UK, took a degree in Photography at the London College of Printing, spent twenty years in Australia and then relocated back to Britain in 2009. People often ask why – it’s probably got something to do with the fact that, despite the lousy weather, Britain does better cheese and ale.

I’ve been a freelance travel writer since 1988, authoring guidebooks to Australia, China, Indonesia, Iceland and Hong Kong. I also helped compile a Chinese cookbook, and have written on everything from crime to horse racing, woodblock printing and history for the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat and others.

Recent projects have included The Mercenary Mandarin, a biography of the renowned nineteenth-century British adventurer in China, William Mesny; and Paper Horses, a catalogue of rare Chinese woodblock prints.

Writing is an isolated profession, involving long stretches alone with a computer. Whenever possible, it’s good to get out of the house and spend time on wildlife, Chinese martial arts and scuba diving. Preferably somewhere warm.