I live in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Bradford, Yorkshire, the then, industrial north of England, a place of mills, mines and muck. But, beyond the cities were sweeping moors that seemed to go on forever, an exciting landscape for a boy to explore. Which is probably why when I moved to Australia I fell in love with the great open spaces of the Snowy Mountains – and the sea. I love ocean swimming, and ocean swimming is also a journey across space.
I’m lucky in the sense that I am at home in two countries; in one I am an immigrant, in the other an emigrant. Some of my stories reflect this duality, the immigrant’s life, and the days of childhood in another country. I have an Australian wife, two daughters who were born in England but grew up in Australia, two Australian-born granddaughters, and countless members of an extended family on both sides of the world.