Peter Harris was born in London in 1933. He worked hard at school and trained to become an accountant. After getting married, Peter encouraged his wife Christine to take up writing. Frustrated by his accountancy work, Peter joined his wife and also started to write.
In the late 1970s, Peter and Christine took the plunge and moved to a small country cottage in Rutland to become full-time writers. Peter used to write upstairs in the house, while his wife would work downstairs. Peter was a diverse writer, writing for television, radio and children's comics like The Victor and 2000AD.
In the 1980s Peter turned his hand to children's books and wrote his first book to be published: Have You Seen Max? He wrote numerous children's books after that first success, including his eagerly-awaited picture book with Egmont, The Night Pirates, published in September 2005.