Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. After training as a polymer chemist, and working for a company making double sided tapes, in 1990 he set up his own business testing & manufacturing adhesives.
He has a keen interest in walking, the countryside and conservation, and is a member of many environmental organisations. His other interests include travel and football (he is a West Ham season ticket holder) and he is a member of the Methodist Church.
Peter's first book, Essex Coast Walk, describes a series of walks along the whole length of the Essex coast and was published in June 2009. An entertaining narrative rather than a guide book, Essex Coast Walk contains much information on the coast's history, wildlife and people. Written with gentle humour in an accessible style, Essex Coast Walk has been enjoyed not only by those living in the county, but by others who have been surprised to read of the beauty, remoteness and history of this little known part of our coast. Further information, photos and reviews can be seen on the author's website www.petercatonbooks.co.uk.
His second book, No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands, which describes Peter's visits to the 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the UK mainland, was be published in September 2011.
His third book, Stand Up Sit Down - A Choice to Watch Football, which considers the arguments for and against the choice to stand at football, was published in June 2012.
His fourth book, The Next Station Stop - Fifty Years by Train, which describes a series of railway journeys looking at what has changed in train travel over the last 50 years, was published in October 2013.
He is currently working on his fifth book - Suffolk Coast Walk.