Haydn Middleton, born in 1955 was educated at Reading Grammar School then studied Modern History at New College, Oxford.

After spells as an advertising executive, teacher and editor at Oxford University Press, he has been a freelance writer for over two decades.  He has also lectured on creative writing in the USA and Australia, and on mythical history for Oxford University’s Dept for Continuing Education.  He lives in Oxford with his son, his daughter, his partner and her four daughters.