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John spent most of his life in the computer business, working from 1996 as a consultant for Oracle, the American database company. After 2002 he went part-time in order to spend time writing, finally giving up formal work in 2009. It was during this period that he produced his book about cycling along canals, "Tyke on a Bike". The author is married with two adult children, one resident in Sheffield, the other in Australia, but the author himself and his wife live in Halifax, West Yorkshire. His education includes masters degrees in both arts and sciences from Oxford and Liverpool Universities.
He has written a history book, "History of Britain" (also available as "History of England" and in hard copy as "The Sword and the Claymore"). Because this book is 200,000 words long and took three years to write, it was also issued in two parts, "History of the British Isles to 1714 AD" and "History of the British Isles 1714-2010".
His other books include "History of Science", "Armchair Geology", "Jeeves and Wooster Short Stories" and "Geography of China", plus an Oracle consultancy handbook.