I was born in Manchester in 1965 and went to school in Leeds. I have a M.Phil in philosophy and a PhD on the history of the concept of beauty. In the past I have worked as a nightclub bouncer, civil servant, and Open University tutor in philosophy. I now live in London and am married to the fashion designer and novelist Rebecca Campbell. We have two children, and a dog.
My most recent full-length YA novel is Hello Darkness, published by Walker Books. I have also had two shorter books for older readers published by Barrington Stoke: Brock and The Fall.
I have also written a number of feature articles for The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and the Evening Standard, on subjects ranging from the nightmare of being a relative failure married to a superwoman, to travel and the dangers of hunting rats with a crossbow.