I live in SW France, in a large shabby farmhouse, with views of open countryside all round. At the age of eighteen I went to Hull University to read English. It was at Hull that I met my wife Ann, the mother of my children and my dearest friend. After graduating I taught for a year at a terrifying comprehensive school in East Hull, and then did a leisurely year lecturing for about three days a week at a Teacher Training College in Heidelberg. I returned to England, where the state funded me for three years to do research (again at Hull) for a PhD on the English novel between the two world wars. Ann and I married, and for eighteen months I worked as a guest Professor at the University of Maryland. By the time that came to an end we had two children, and it was time to start making some money. We opened a bookshop in York and then we added on a Vegetarian Cafe, and had four children. Ann died in 1991.In 1991 Oxford University Press published a children’s novel I had written called ‘The Musclemen’. More about this and my other writings can be found on the Works page.My last bookshop was in Cambridge, near Kings Parade. This closed in March. In September this year I will be going back to University — Cambridge School of Art, a department of Anglia Ruskin University — to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration.