Born in North London in 1973, Austin J. Ruddy was educated at Highgate School and the University of Leicester, where he attained his degree in Archaeology.
He has studied and collected the social and military history of the Second World War, particularly the British Home Front, for most of his life.
Austin has appeared on radio and television talking about wartime history and regularly researches and writes for magazines, newspapers, journals and websites, as well as local talks on wartime defence history.
He was a volunteer fieldworker for the Defence of Britain archaeology project, is a member of the Pillbox Study Group and supports various organisations, from the Royal British Legion to Leicester Civic Society.
He works in the Editorial department of the Leicester Mercury newspaper, as editor/writer of the Mr Leicester daily local history page.
Austin's first two books, British Anti-Invasion Defences 1940-1945 (2004) the handbook of the Pillbox Study Group and To The Last Round: Leicestershire and Rutland Home Guard 1940-1945 (2007) were both well-received and reviewed across various media. His latest book, Tested By Bomb and Flame: Leicester Versus Luftwaffe Air Raids, 1939-1945 (2014), is the culmination of 15 years' research. Its sequel, Beneath Hitler's Highway: Leicestershire Versus Luftwaffe Air Raids, 1939-1945, is due out mid-2015.