Author, history consultant and broadcaster.
I was educated at the Universities of Hull and Southampton where I took degrees in Classics. For the past thirty-five years I have worked in medical publishing, much of the time as an international sales director for one market or another.
I now combine this with being history advisor to local visitor attractions such as the National Trust in York and ‘York’s Chocolate Story’, writing features for national newspapers, and broadcasting on BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Tees, on the Radio 4 PM programme and on the BBC World Service. I am a contributor to a number of history magazines and the author of over 100 books published since 2010 on a wide range of subjects including classical history, social histories of chocolate, coffee and tea, transport and local history of many towns and cities in Yorkshire, Durham and Greater Manchester.
I am a regular reviewer for and contributor to ‘Classics for All’ . I have contributed to a 6-part series for BBC2 ‘celebrating the history of some of Britain’s most iconic craft industries’, in this case chocolate in York. From 2019 I take over the editorship of York Historian, the journal of the Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society. Also in 2019, I am guest speaker for Vassar College New York’s London Programme with Goldsmith University.
I am married with three children and live near York.