David Batten-Hill was born in New Mills, Derbyshire, in 1955. Following his grammar school education, he worked as a photographer/imaging technician, first with a local newspaper and then in the local hospital. He later took up a similar post at Manchester University Medical School. He subsequently gained a Dip SIAD at Hull College.
David began writing in the mid '80s, becoming the editor of 'Kit Car' magazine and its sister title, 'Classics and Replicas'. He became a regular contributor to numerous motoring publications. After gaining an MSc in psychology from the Open University, David began working on a freelance basis for national magazines, testing motorhomes. His wife, Fiona, travelled and worked with him and later co-wrote 'Motorhomes: The Complete Guide', which was released in hardback, by Robert Hale, in September 2009.
David is one of those unusual individuals who combines a deep technical knowledge with an artistic tendency. He lived near York for over 20 years. A dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiast, David enjoys taking photographs, playing digital keyboards, and appreciating both modern and classic films.
Fiona and David now live in the Lake District, in a converted Victorian stable.