I was born in Jerusalem and brought up in several war-torn or famine-struck countries in 1960’s. As an adult I have lived and worked in countries as diverse as America, South Africa, France and Portugal, and am currently holed up in a beautiful Dorset village. I have two children, Shea, aged 31, and Isabella, aged 18. As well as an entire Patterdale Mister B.
Having turned my back on formal education at 16, I completed two courses in France and then entered the film business aged 17, working night shifts in Soho for Rank Video Services. Within two years, I was thriving as a freelance Film Location Manager (credits include a Working Title film ‘Paperhouse’), aged only 20. In 1988, I joined forces with Fierce Vision in Wapping, innovating the commercial uses for video within the fashion industry. Finding myself caught up in the Bosnian war while filming a pilot that retraces the steps of the first Crusaders, I was soon back in recession-hit England. And was next researching further documentaries, travelling the south and south-west counties with a horse and cart.
In the early Nineties, after a year on the road, I worked on dozens of commercials and music videos for bands such as Oasis, Pulp, Moby, Phil Collins and Boyzone and then took myself back to college, where I studied Agricultural Business and Finance. This led to working in Africa, where, amongst other things, I did a stint growing tobacco for Malawi’s then dictator, Kamuzu Banda. I went on to become a rural property developer and wine exporter in South Africa and then, when I got back to the UK, I helped set-up the Sky Travel Channel through Thames Television before setting up an innovative web-based conduit between commercial property owners and filmmakers. And then I gave it all up to write.
Hemingway said, ‘before you engage with literature, you’ve got to engage with life.’
That’s what led to me becoming a writer.
I have written a huge number of scripts for Fierce Vision and Sky Travel, as well as articles for magazines including Hampshire Life, Flybe and Society. And also produced a series of concept poetry albums with Hugh Vickers of The Orb.
My interests include walking the droves of England, gardening, cooking and horseracing. I am a keen tennis player and ocean swimmer.