John Needham, born and raised in Bournmouth where he lives with his wife and three children. He started his writing career in 2009 and is enjoying it more and more. He left school in 1977 and started his working career at Plessey’s, later to become Siemens and in time worked on gas turbines. He then moved on to London and worked for Tate & Lyle, travelling the world visiting sugar refineries, finally ending up in the oil and gas industry. In his spare time, he likes to write history books, including his debut novel, A Smuggler’s Tale.