Born 1945 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Educated at Chesterfield Grammar School (1957-64) and Imperial College, London where I took a BSc in Organic Chemistry followed by a post-graduate diploma in Biochemistry (1964-68). Worked as Research Assistant to Steven and Hilary Rose on the Pelican book "Science and Society" (1968-9).
Began a career in journalism working in the underground press between 1969 and 1972, where I was a columnist for Frendz magazine, music and book reviewer and reviews editor for Ink and Oz magazines and finally production manager for Oz magazine. There I met Felix Dennis and we co-founded Bunch Books (now Dennis Publishing). Production Director of Bunch/Dennis from 1972 to 1981 when I became Managing Editor of the UK's first PC magazine, Personal Computer World.
Following the sale of PCW to VNU in 1983 I was briefly Managing Editor of the short-lived software magazine "Soft". In 1984 I became a Contributing Editor to the US computer magazine Byte until that magazine's closure in 1998, during which time I contributed over 150 feature articles. I'm nowadays Editorial Fellow and columnist for PC Pro magazine (a Dennis title).