The photo shows the author conducting arduous research for his books while in Tunisia. Jeff Champion was born in Perth, Australia, in 1958, where he now lives with his wife Janine. After a wastrel youth spent backpacking in Europe, the Middle East and the USA he finally returned to complete his BA with First Class Honours at the University of Western Australia. He now works as an officer for the Australian Customs Service.
Jeff managed to overcome his mid-life crisis by commencing a part-time career writing about one of his main interests, ancient history. Pyrrhus of Epirus and Tyrants of Syracuse are his first two books. While writing these he was able to again indulge his passion for travel, using the excuse of conducting research and taking photographs of the ancient sites. This has taken him and his wife to France, Italy, especially Sicily, Greece, Turkey and Tunisia.
When not working, writing or travelling Jeff also enjoys playing tennis, watching sport, especially Australian football, wargaming, good red wine and reading history or crime novels.