I was born and brought up in Evesham, Worcestershire. After working for a while on a Herefordshire fruit farm, I went out to Africa in 1961 as a tea planter in Nyasaland, later Malawi. I spent 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London to set up a gallery of African art.
Subsequently, I went to Camberwell College of Arts and qualified as a book and paper conservator. After a period at Canterbury Cathedral Archives I became Senior Conservator of the Senate House, University of London, Library. I also taught in the Institute of English Studies on a MA in 'The History of the Book.' Following 'retirement' in 2005 I devote most of my energies to writing and giving talks. I spend half my time in London and the other half travelling, principally in India, which I have visited over twenty times and where I have friends from all sections of society.
I have twice been a guest on BBC R4 'Midweek.' I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and have given talks there, as well as at the British Library, the British Museum and many other venues.
My website is www.roymoxham.com