was born in Leicester, in the
East Midlands of England, where
he still lives today. He has
worked as a teacher and an
archaeologist, and now balances
life as both a bookseller and a
When asked why he started writing he says, "I couldn't read or write until I was seven and I can still remember that almost magical feeling when those strange angular symbols actually began to have a meaning. I'm not exaggerating, I remember that the letters literally suddenly started to make sense, almost as though a switch and been thrown in my brain and the light of understanding flooded in! After that I couldn't stop playing with words and their sounds ...