I was born in Grimsby, took History at the University of Warwick and spent two years teaching in London, following which I was variously employed as a hospital porter, croupier, antique dealer’s warehouseman, research assistant and lecturer in further education. Finally I returned to teaching and worked for twenty-five years at a Bradford comprehensive.
My interests include current affairs; reading, mainly non-fiction; music, particularly The Blues and Bob Dylan; walking; playing the guitar and I am an armchair football enthusiast.
I live in West Yorkshire with my wife Beth. Our children James and Sally are, respectively, based in Liverpool, and hoping to study at Manchester University from the autumn. All three are a wonderful source of inspiration, support and entertainment.