Mark Wallington was born in Swanage in Dorset in 1953. He worked as a comedy scriptwriter for many years with Dick Fiddy, before publishing 500 Mile Walkies in 1986, an account of a hike around the South West Coastal Path with a London mongrel. This was followed by Boogie up the River and by two novels, The Missing Postman and Happy Birthday Shakespeare both of which he adapted for TV. The Day Job, the story of his time as a gardener in London, followed in 2005. In 2012 he published The Uke of Wallington, an account of his journey round Britain's open mics with his ukulele. He has a new book out in October 2013, The Auto Biography, the story of the cars in his life, starting with the Ford Pop which brought him home from the maternity ward.