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Peter Saunders was born and educated in Croydon, England. He spent more than twenty years teaching sociology at the University of Sussex, where he still holds the title of Professor Emeritus. He also taught in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States.
He built an academic reputation with major books on city life, home ownership, British politics, social inequality and meritocracy, but in 1999 he abandoned his academic career and went to live in Australia where he found work in public policy think tanks.
In Australia, he continued to write on social issues such as poverty and welfare reform, but he also began commenting on current affairs in the press and on radio and television. By the time he returned to Britain in 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald hailed him as ‘the most prominent liberal intellectual’ in Australia.
He is now developing a third career, as a fiction writer. He has published two novels: The Versailles Memorandum (2009) and The Sweetest Girl (2017). .