I grew up in York and went on to read English at St John's College, Oxford. Since leaving university, I’ve divided my time between teaching, travelling and writing. Whenever possible, I’ve combined at least two of the three by teaching abroad and writing books about travel.

After two years in France as a lecturer at the University of Provence, I took a permanent job teaching English literature at the University of Sussex. Apart from spells in the USA and Japan, I was based there until 2005 when I went back to Asia to teach at universities in Tokyo and Bangkok.

Over the past few years I've been living in England with my wife and daughter (pictured with me above) and escaping as often as possible to Kyoto, where we have a small house near Shinnyodo temple.

Books Published

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