Until my third year at university, I seemed to be following my father’s footsteps into academic physics. The change I made then to management studies was preparation for a career in investment banking and management consultancy. Then in 1996 I decided I would never forgive myself if I didn’t accept an invitation to join the publishing company founded by my grandfather, Faber & Faber. I was its managing director from 1997 t0 2001 before leaving to become a full-time writer, initially of non-fiction, thereby completing the move from money to quality of life. The thriller Close to the Edge – my first novel – came out in 2019.
Nowadays I combine some continuing roles in publishing with writing and with lecturing to Arts Societies around the UK and further afield. I always feel the need to add at this stage that of my four books, only one (a history of the firm) has been published by Faber & Faber itself.