Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, of Irish stock, the writer was educated by Jesuit priests, and at Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds University and at the University of Aston-in-Birmingham. He has been a lecturer and a labourer, a part-time soldier-of-the Queen, and (briefly) one of her full-time ‘guests’. He has travelled widely in Europe, North Africa, the U.S.A and Canada. American history is a lifelong compelling interest.
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