The author was born in St Andrews in Scotland in 1961 of English parents, both of whom were in the RAF. The first ten years were spent flitting from one country to the next before settling in Zimbabwe to complete school and mature into a fully functioning person. In 1983, he returned to England with the person who was to become his wife. They both did whatever they had to do to survive the first year (always legal). In 1987, he joined the Metropolitan Police until retirement in 2017. He lives in London with his wife of thirty-one years.