My life in three paragraphs
I was born in 1947 and had a happy childhood in Wimbledon. I had a less happy time in a boarding school on a hilltop in Berkshire and then worked everything out by studying psychology and sociology at Surrey University.
In the 1970s I trained as a journalist in Tavistock. I moved to London and started working on national newspapers, specialising in education. In the 1980s I became a medical journalist.
In 1990 I set up as a trainer, specialising in writing and editing skills for health professionals. I moved on from training in 2007 and now spend my time living with my wife Barbara in Leatherhead, where I write books, cultivate my garden (see below).