Brian Thompson was born in Lambeth, London in 1935. After vigorous rescue remedies applied by two grammar schools, he read English at Cambridge. Since 1973 he has written for a living as a radio and television playwright and documentary film maker. He is also the author of several acclaimed biographies including A Monkey Amongst Crocodiles, Imperial Vanities and The Nightmare of a Victorian Bestseller. He lives in Oxford and is available for interview.