Paul Bajoria was born in 1964 and spent most of his childhood in the North East of England, where he still lives with his partner and two young children.

After taking degrees in English at the universities of Oxford and Toronto, he joined the BBC as a reporter and presenter in local radio. He now writes and produces quiz shows including Counterpoint and Round Britain Quiz for Radio 4, as well as a variety of features and documentaries. The Printer’s Devil, his first novel and the first instalment of a trilogy, was published in 2004, followed by The God of Mischief and The City of Spirits.