I 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 weather, Britain does better cheese and ale.
Between 1988 and 2018 I worked mostly as a travel writer, authoring and updating guidebooks to Australia, China, Indonesia, Iceland and Hong Kong. In what little spare time that left me, I helped compile a Chinese cookbook and wrote articles on subjects ranging from crime to horse racing and history. Nowadays, I also work as an editor.
In 2016, Blacksmith Books (Hong Kong) published “The Mercenary Mandarin”, my biography of the nineteenth-century British adventurer William Mesny, who became a decorated general in the Chinese military.
Writing is an isolated profession, involving long stretches spent alone with a computer. At other times I like to get out of the house and pursue interests in wildlife, Chinese martial arts and scuba diving. Preferably somewhere warm.