I was born in 1962 and grew up in Dagenham, in Essex. For the first few years of my life I lived in a ‘prefab,’ which was made, as far as I can remember, out of asbestos. Or else radioactive waste, or something.
I studied English and Psychology at Keele, and then a few years later took a postgraduate degree in English Literature at Yale under the brilliant but eccentric Professor Harold Bloom.
Between and after studying I worked shifting boxes in a warehouse, and lending money to people in a bank, before writing letters to the people asking why they weren’t paying the money back, and why they weren’t returning my phone calls. I also spent time drilling wells on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota and travelling in Africa with the explorer Wilfred Thesiger – the subject of my third book -before settling on a career in advertising.
I live in Windsor with my wife Susan and my daughters Alice and Lucy.