Born Rochdale, the oldest boy of a large Catholic family.
Moved to Liverpool for a degree in Zoology, took 4 years as discovered climbing.
Met girl, stopped climbing. Taught himself programming and wrote computer games.
Lost girl, lost fitness, wasted half a life.
Thankfully dot-com bubble burst. Lost money but gained time.
Was free to take a break, give up smoking and cut down on beer and pizza.
Started climbing, found girl, found fitness, started writing and moved to Shropshire.
Got back life. Just in time.