I was born in Shillong, Assam, and educated in England, where I read English Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and received a Masters in Early English at Queen Mary College. I was awarded my PhD in 1974 for a thesis on Beowulf and the Finsburg Fragment.
I recently took early retirement, having worked in university education (University Colege, Cork, and Aston University), at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, as Press and Education Officer for the National Trust in Cornwall, and for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee.
From 1982 to 1989 I served with 67(The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers), first as a Radio Operator and later as a Troop Officer, and from 1989 to 1990 I was IC Recruits at Birmingham University OTC.
In 2011 I moved from Cornwall to a little village at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, the area where my two novels are set. I'm currently writing a third book in the Rooks Ridge series, and also a prequel set at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.