Patrick Dillon was born in London. His first book of history for grown-ups, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, was a history of the eighteenth-century gin craze. This was followed by The Last Revolution, a history of the Glorious Revolution that combined political events with the revolution's social background and changes in economics and science.
His most recent book, The Story of Britain, is a single-volume narrative history for children. It covers the whole history of Britain and Ireland from 1066 to the present day, telling it through the stories that made Patrick Dillon fall in love with history in the first place.
As well as writing and broadcasting, Patrick Dillon works as an architect specialising in old buildings. He lives in London with his wife and two children.